In november Tim
Herron's wife, Ann, gave birth to twin boys, and shortly thereafter the Herrons
moved the newborns and their older son from Arizona to Minnesota, where Tim
grew up, to be near family. Herron, 36, admitted that the migration
north--where practice time would decrease in inverse proportion to hours spent
diaper-changing and shivering--brought two questions to his mind: "Is my
career on the way to ending? Should I be satisfied with simply [keeping] my
card?" After Herron won the Colonial, a triumph he accomplished with a
12-under 268 and by outlasting Richard Johnson in a two-hole playoff, the
answer to both questions is no. "I proved to myself that I can be a
Northern guy and still win," said Herron after his first victory since Bay
Hill in 1999, a span of 203 starts. Herron played the par-4s in 10 under, best
in the field, and went a combined 13 under on the first seven holes. As Herron
modeled the bright-red plaid jacket bestowed upon the Colonial champion, he
didn't say if he thought it would keep him warm during a Minnesota winter, but
he did have plans for it. "Next year I'll wear matching pants."
Is there a golfer
on any tour hotter than Lorena Ochoa? The 24-year-old from Mexico has played in
10 LPGA events so far this year and has two wins, five seconds and a tie for
fourth. In the last six weeks she's sandwiched three straight second-place
finishes between a win at the Takefuji Classic and her victory in last week's
Sybase Classic, where she shot a five-under 208 in the rain-shortened, 54-hole
event. The Sybase, which vaulted Ochoa back past Karrie Webb to the top of the
money list, may also carry a psychological perk: It's the first of Ochoa's five
wins with Annika Sorenstam in the field.
? Greg Norman and
his wife of 25 years, Laura, have filed for divorce. ? Morgan Pressel graduated
from Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Fla., last Saturday and turned 18
three days later. ? In his first start since surgery on his left hand, Ryan
Moore shot a three-over 283 and finished 65th at the Colonial. ? Matt Kuchar,
who last won the 2002 Honda Classic, prevailed in a three-hole playoff to win
the Nationwide tour's Henrico County Open.
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Survey Says ...
Hybrid use at the
2006 NCAA men's regionals was up 55% over last year. Here are the five most
popular hybrid lofts (by degree) at last week's venues.
The Darrell Survey has tracked equipment usage at tournaments since 1938.