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JIM GORANT
June 05, 2006
The Quest for the Card ends, in May
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June 05, 2006

Fall Guys

The Quest for the Card ends, in May

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Model Years
Driver Titleist 975J 6
Woods TaylorMade Raylors 8
Irons Mizuno MP 10
Putter T.P. Mills 6
Wedges Titleist Vokey 3

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.

Full Blumen

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.

ALSO ...

? 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 What's Hot column appears every Tuesday on SI.com/golf.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

Survey Says ...

Mike Reid, the 2005 Senior PGA winner, admits that when it comes to technology, he's way behind the curve. Here are his clubs and how long he has been using them.


The Darrell Survey has tracked equipment usage at golf tournaments since 1938.

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