BY NOW everyone
has seen the outtakes of Tiger Woods unexpectedly decking his costar in a Buick
commercial, but no one has heard from the deckee, Al Nowicki. "It was a lot
of fun," says the actor, who has appeared in about 50 commercials. "It
was Tiger's idea, and I was fine with it. I haven't played football since high
school, but it was a good hit." This was not, however, Nowicki's only
experience with a sports legend: "A few years ago I appeared in an AFLAC
commercial with Yogi Berra. Nice man. He didn't hit me; he just sat there."
... While Nowicki was upgraded to stunt pay (he also received a bruise on the
forehead), Tiger made some extra cash that day too. At one point director Steve
Chase spotted a vertically mounted light, a four-foot-by-eight-inch unit known
as a Kino Flo, about 80 yards away. He bet Woods $10 that Tiger couldn't hit
it. Woods dropped a ball, pulled a three-iron and busted the light on the first
try. (A clip of the shot and other outtakes are scheduled to appear on
buick.com.) Chase paid up but got revenge later when he beat Woods in a game of
closest to the pin. Still, Chase never saw the money again. "Nah, Tiger
just went double or nothing," Chase says. "I said, 'That's what you do;
you just keep betting double or nothing until you win.' Tiger said, 'That's
right, I'm not giving you any of my money.'"
?WORLD GOLF Hall
of Famer Seve Ballesteros (below) is coming to America, and it looks as if the
Spaniard intends to stay. The two-time Masters champ, who turns 50 on April 9,
plans to tee it up as many as 14 times this year, including the Masters, the
British and Senior British Opens, and up to 11 Champions tour events, beginning
with the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on April 21--23. Ballesteros is also
considering buying a house in Florida, from which he would continue to play a
full senior schedule starting in '08 while, in theory, his sons, Baldomero, 16,
and Miguel, 14, play college golf in the U.S. Last year Ballesteros set a 2011
retirement date--but his younger son wouldn't graduate until '14.
TOUR kicked off at last week's Movistar Panama Championship in Panama City,
where two notable cut streaks came to an end. The first was 2003 Masters
sensation Ricky Barnes's run of 23 straight cuts made, the second longest of
its kind in Nationwide history, which fizzled out when Barnes shot 73--75. The
other belonged to Ted Potter, who played the Nationwide in 2004 and went 0 for
24 in cuts. After resurfacing in '06, as the leading money winner on the
Hooters tour, he returned to the Nationwide this year and not only made the cut
but also went on to shoot 279, finishing 12th.
? SERGIO GARCIA is
realizing the professional fruits of dating Greg Norman's daughter, Morgan
Leigh. Garcia, who's never designed anything, will work with Norman and Pete
Dye on a new course in Dubai.
BABY NAME OF THE WEEK Earldrick.
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Shipnuck's weekly Hot List, go to SI.com/golf.