On sunday, Jeff
Maggert, a typical Tour journeyman, won the FedEx St. Jude Classic at the TPC
at Southwind near Memphis by shooting a nine-under 271 to hold off a couple of
fortysomethings, John Cook and Tom Pernice, among others. The FedEx concluded a
three-week stretch--starting with the Nelson and the Colonial--in which the top
10 players in the world made a combined nine appearances. Such tournaments
allow the Tour's lesser lights to pay the bills, but stacked atop one another
they have a cumulative effect that can make even the most dedicated fan wonder,
What's happening in pro tennis? Looking at this phenomenon through the prism of
the new, compacted 2007 Tour schedule, one could conclude that the last three
weeks were a preview of the Quest for the Card that will fill the post--Tour
Championship autumns of the future. But there's another possibility. With the
lulls in the schedule eliminated, the regular season will be more gripping
while the fall events, no longer placeholders between more compelling
showdowns, could become a destination in themselves. Seeing a guy play for his
dinner in the last-chance chill of November should be more exciting than the
same melodrama in May.
The Duke men's
basketball team has three national championships, but on May 26 it fell behind
the women's golf team. The Blue Devils won their fourth championship and the
second in a row by shooting a combined 15 over at Ohio State's Scarlet course.
Duke was led by super freshman Amanda Blumenherst, who in 11 tournaments had
three wins and was never out of the top 10. Her 71.62 stroke average was the
lowest in the nation, and after the championship Blumenherst was named an
All-America, player of the year and freshman of the year. She also had the
highest grade point average (3.87) of any All-America in women's golf. Top
that, J.J. Redick.
? Jay Haas is the
41st player without a major on the regular Tour to win a senior major. ? Fred
Ridley, chairman of the Masters competition committee, will attempt to qualify
for the U.S. Open at Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa on June 6.
? Alan Shipnuck's
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Mike Reid, the
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behind the curve. Here are his clubs and how long he has been using them.
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