By the time Jay
Haas shot a 15-under 201 to win the individual title at the Liberty Mutual
Legends of Golf and collect $395,000, Doug Ford had already been home in Palm
Beach, Fla., for four days. The 1957 Masters champ and his fellow older
old-timers are now relegated to the event's Demaret (over 70) Division, a team
competition on Monday and Tuesday of tournament week. The only person to play
in the Legends every year since its inception in 1978, Ford, 83, is not happy
about the early-week tee times and other changes. "They got a bunch of
hamburgers playing in it now, guys who haven't won anything, not legends,"
he says. "And back in '78 they guaranteed $10,000 per player. Now, 20 years
later, it's $5,000. They've got all the money at the top." Ford does enjoy
seeing his old buddies and says if he could change one thing, he'd make the
Legends strictly a team event again since "that's the original format,
which made the senior tour." Still, he never considers skipping. "I'll
go until I die, but they don't appreciate us as much as they used to," he
says. "We made the damn tournament, and now they're pushing us out the
The second Big
Stakes, the high-risk match-play event in which two-man teams put up $100,000
for a chance to collect the largest winner's purse in golf, $2 million, has
been postponed for more than a year and will undergo a series of changes. The
new version, called the Ultimate Game, will feature an expanded field of 160
golfers anteing up $50,000 each. The first five rounds of match play will
eliminate 150 players, and the remaining 10 will advance to a two-day, 36-hole,
winner-take-all showdown at Wynn Las Vegas Golf Course. Organizers say the
final, June 6-8, 2007, will appear on network TV.
? Sung Ah Yim won
the Florida's Natural Charity Championship with a 16-under 272 when 54-hole
leader Annika Sorenstam shot a final-round 75. In her career Sorenstam has led
or co-led going into the final round 67 times and won 46 of those events. ?
Underwhelmed with the new Tournament course at Redstone and the event's '07
move to the week before the Masters, former champ Vijay Singh says this might
have been his last Houston Open.
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