IN SIX starts
since early April, Rory Sabbatini (below) has been one of the hottest players
on Tour, with a tie for second at the Masters and ties for third at the Nelson
and the Wachovia. Still, Sabbatini has received the most attention for what
many saw as a swipe he took at Tiger Woods. After the two were matched in the
final round of the Wachovia, which Woods won, the always blunt Sabbatini noted
that Woods had not hit the ball that well, adding that he "liked the new
Tiger." Told of the comments, Woods quipped that he had won as many events
this year (three) as Sabbatini had won in his career.
So after Sabbatini
put a cherry on his sizzling six-start run by winning the Crowne Plaza
Invitational at Colonial with a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole,
he was looking to have a little fun. "Somebody might let Tiger know he
needs to win another one," Sabbatini said, before quickly adding, "I'm
kidding, of course."
shot a 14-under 266 to get into the playoff with Jim Furyk and Bernhard Langer,
is used to controversy, as he and his equally feisty wife, Amy, have had public
spats with Paul Casey, Ben Crane and Nick Faldo in the last two years. "I'd
prefer to be known as a four-time winner who is getting ready to win some
more," Sabbatini said on Sunday, although it's hard to believe he meant it
as he flashed one of his huge belt buckles, showed off one of the 12 bright-red
ITALIAN STALLION�T-shirts that Amy brought out on Sunday and headed off to
a Mexican-themed bar, where he planned to shave the head of his caddie, Kevin
Fasbender, fulfilling a bet made earlier this year. In other words, it was just
another boring night with Rory.
? NICK FALDO
announced his assistant captains for the 2008 Ryder Cup, and they were as
notable for who was left out as for who was chosen. Paul McGinley and Jos�
Mar�a Olaz�bal got the nod, which is a bit odd since each is still playing well
and would seem to have a good chance to make the team. Meanwhile, two Cup
stalwarts who are considered likely future captains, Sandy Lyle and Colin
Montgomerie, were passed over. Faldo would only talk about whom he chose but
may have inadvertently given a clue as to why he skipped his two former rivals
while simultaneously giving them a jab. "It is very important that they
have a good rapport with the whole tour," Faldo said of his assistants.
"They are both well-seasoned players as well as being very well-liked and
? WITH THE British
Open returning to Carnoustie, Jean van de Velde has been swamped by interview
requests--reportedly 300 and counting--so his agent is considering only those
for which van de Velde will be paid. The price he quoted one American media
outlet? A tidy $300,000. That's how you can be a loser and a winner at the same
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