lost the AT&T Classic when Tom Purtzer beat him in a playoff, but at least
he shattered a Champions tour record in the process. Roberts's 67 last Friday
was his 33rd consecutive round at par or better, besting the 32 straight
amassed by Larry Nelson in 2000. Roberts went on to shoot 70--69, extending his
streak to 35. Nelson's streak included four wins, while Roberts's run has yet
to result in a victory.... Hale Irwin will give the commencement speech at his
alma mater, Colorado, on May 11. Irwin, a 1967 grad who starred in football and
golf for the Buffaloes, plans to consult with his friend and former Supreme
Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor about what to say.
? THE PGA TOUR
does more than provide playing opportunities for millionaires. At next week's
Shell Houston Open, the Tour will run its first media training session for
players. If that conjures an image of grown men in khakis and baseball caps
sitting in a conference room droning clich�s such as "We police
ourselves" and "It's a fair test," don't worry. The program offered
by national media consultant Jeff Hunt includes dynamic-sounding sessions such
as "Deliver More Value to Your Sponsors, Your Tour and Yourself" and
"Learn the Dos and Don'ts of an Effective Interview." On second
? A WEEK after SI
GOLF PLUS detailed Justin Leonard's 2007 plunge--six starts, no cuts made--the
former Ryder Cup hero made it to the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
What was behind the turnaround? Leonard switched caddies, hired a new sports
psychologist and parted ways with swing coach Butch Harmon to return to Randy
Smith, his childhood teacher. Alas, Leonard and Smith have much work to do. Two
thirds of the field makes the cut at Bay Hill, and after an opening 70, Leonard
shot 73, 79 and 78 to finish at 20 over, the second-worst score among players
who made the weekend.... One person who would have been happy to switch places
with Leonard was Richie Ramsay (below) of Scotland, the reigning U.S. Amateur
champion. Ramsay, 23, accepted an invitation to Bay Hill, but neither he nor
the Scottish Golf Union, which sponsored his trip, officially filed his entry.
The result? Ramsay arrived in Florida to discover there wasn't a spot for him
in the field. Not all is lost. Ramsay will still play at the Masters, the
Verizon Heritage, the U.S. Open and the British Open, assuming he gets through
the red tape.... The Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the March
10 car accident near Windermere involving Tour player Arjun Atwal. Although
Atwal was uninjured, the driver of a second car, John Noah Park, was killed. An
official report and a decision about whether to file criminal charges against
Atwal--and what those charges would be--should be issued in 30 to 60 days.
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