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Arjun Atwal could face charges after a man who was speeding alongside him on
County Road 535 near Windemere, Fla., last Saturday died in a car accident.
John Noah Park, 48, of Windemere lost control of his automobile on a curve and
hit a tree. Atwal, 33, also lost control but skidded to a stop on the shoulder.
Police were uncertain if it was a chase or if the two were racing, but
witnesses said the two cars were "engaged," and an investigation was
under way. Atwal did not return calls requesting comment, but on Monday his
agent issued a statement that said in part, "It will be abundantly clear
that this was simply a horrible accident and tragedy, with no one at
? THE GRANDSON of
four-time Masters winner Arnold Palmer is headed for Augusta. Palmer took some
mild criticism last year for giving his progeny, Sam Saunders, an exemption to
Bay Hill, where the high school senior shot 76--82 and missed the cut. Since
then Saunders has matriculated at Clemson, where he cracked the Tigers'
starting lineup by mid-October. In his first three events he had top 15s and
climbed to 20th in the Sagarin college rankings before stumbling to 41st after
last week's Southern Highlands Championship, where he finished 39th with rounds
of 74-76-77. He'll look to get back on track at the Administaff ASU
Invitational (March 30--April 1), which takes place in Augusta but not at
Augusta National. Alas, not even the King can get him an exemption there.
? COULD JUSTIN
Leonard (left) be the next David Duval? After finishing seventh at the 2006 FBR
Open, Leonard, whose 10 wins include a British Open and a Players Championship,
was ranked 32nd in the world. He went on to miss the cut in nine of his next 23
starts and never finished in the top 20. So far in '07 he has made six starts
and missed the cut in all six, including last week's PODS Championship. Leonard
has yet to shoot a round in the 60s and has fallen to 210th in the World
Ranking. If Leonard, 34, doesn't turn it around soon, he'll find himself
watching the Masters on TV, making it the first major he will have missed since
the '95 U.S. Open.
? THE EVIDENCE
that Mark Wilson's win at the Honda Classic was predestined continues to pile
up. Besides overcoming a two-shot penalty and a drive into the hazard during
the playoff, Wilson was lucky to be there at all. After finishing 29th at Q
school, he stood 59th in the pecking order for incoming players that determines
tournament entry. That got him into only four events, but he made the cut in
each and finished 25th at Pebble Beach. So after the first reshuffle of the
season--right before the Honda-- Wilson moved up to 25th on the list. That was
enough to get him into the field. Spooky.
? SUGGESTED WOODS
BABY NAME Annika Bivens.