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arrived at Walt Disney World wondering if he was continuing a career or
starting a very long vacation. Azinger entered the week sitting at No. 122 on
the money list ($672,675), barely clinging to a spot on Tour for 2007. At the
same time, the 1993 PGA Championship winner has been coming to grips with the
surprising demise of his once-promising TV career. His employer, ABC, put on
one of its last golf telecasts, and while his partner, Nick Faldo, has become
the king of TV golf, taking over next year as lead analyst for both CBS and the
Golf Channel, Azinger remains unsigned. With his options dwindling, holding on
to his Tour card has taken on greater urgency. But as Joe Durant shot a
25-under 263 for his fourth career win, Azinger went 72--71 to miss the cut by
four. Lucky for Azinger, no one passed him, so he remains 122nd and will have a
chance to control his own destiny at this week's Chrysler Championship. No
matter what happens, he'll have at least partial status next year (for
finishing in the top 150), and he may soon find a way to fill up any free time.
Along with Cory Pavin and Fred Couples, Azinger is considered one of the
leading candidates to captain the 2008 Ryder Cup team. His appointment would
provide a tasty undercurrent to the event; Faldo will lead the Euros.
While Fred Funk
was winning the AT&T Championship by shooting a 12-under 201 for his first
Champions tour title in only his third try, the rest of the field looked as if
it were getting ready for Halloween, with golfers rising from the dead all over
San Antonio's Oak Hill Country Club. Chip Beck, 50, who hasn't won anything
since the 1992 Freeport-McMoran Classic, finished second, at 202. Ben Crenshaw,
54, equaled his best senior finish ever, tying for fourth alongside long-silent
Raymond Floyd, 64, who had a chance to become the oldest winner on any major
U.S. pro tour. Scary.
the 14-year-old with a congenital heart condition who was allowed to use a cart
in this year's U.S. Women's Amateur (TEEING OFF, Aug. 14), underwent a
successful procedure to fix a hole in her heart and is now playing--without a
cart--for the girls' team at La Costa Canyon High in Carlsbad, Calif. ? A bogey
on the 72nd hole dropped Troy Matteson into a tie for second at the Funai,
costing him $92,000 and possibly a place in the Masters. The top 40 on the
final money list go to Augusta. Matteson, who would have jumped to 36th with a
par, is 42nd. He's scheduled to play in the Chrysler Championship.
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Survey Says ...
(above), which have cord woven into the rubber, are much more popular with men
than women. Here's the percentage of cord and noncord use on the PGA and LPGA
tours in 2006.
Darrell Survey has tracked equipment usage at golf tournaments since 1938.