WEIRD DAY for the
Bryant brothers, Brad and Bart. On Sunday morning Brad had a two-shot edge at
the seniors' AT&T Champions Classic, and Bart was part of a five-way tie at
the Arnold Palmer Invitational. But not long after Bart's playoff hopes were
dusted by a 24-foot Tiger Woods bomb on the 72nd hole, Brad was knocked to the
dirt on the second hole of a three-man playoff with Loren Roberts and Denis
Watson, who went on to win after three holes. It wasn't what either brother was
hoping for, and Bart in particular lost a chance to punch his ticket to
Augusta, but between them they earned $754,400 and a few more stories to tell
around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Not bad.
? A SPUNKY Swede
shot a blistering seven-under 65 in the final round to come from 10 strokes
back and win the MasterCard Classic, tying an LPGA record first set by Mickey
Wright in 1964. Annika Sorenstam? No, Louise Friberg, a 27-year-old rookie who
redefines the phrase coming out of nowhere. Friberg made it to the LPGA by way
of the University of Washington, the Futures tour, the West Coast Ladies tour,
the Telia tour ( Sweden), the Ladies European tour and last year's Q school,
where she qualified for the LPGA on her first try. In two previous starts this
year Friberg had missed a cut and tied for seventh at the Fields Open. Now
she's on a list of 2008 winners with Sorenstam, Paula Creamer and Lorena Ochoa.
Also not bad.
? DAVID FEHERTY,
CBS analyst and columnist for GOLF PLUS sister publication Golf Magazine,
punctured a lung and broke three ribs when he was hit by a truck while riding
his bicycle last Friday near his home in Dallas. He was released from Baylor
Medical Center on Sunday and in a Monday e-mail wrote, "I got shoveled out
of the hospital yesterday, and last night was my first without a morphine drip.
Right now, I'm banging on the door of the ward, but they won't let me back in.
I'm an alcoholic and an addict, so the strongest thing I can take at home is
Advil. I have never felt pain like this. Blinking hurts, coughing is agony,
farting is out of the question and a sneeze would be suicide. I'll be back for
the Masters for sure, no pain could keep me away, but, if you're going to put
anything in SI, make a point of reminding motorists that cyclists are entitled
to use the road, too. It's a miracle I wasn't crushed like an ant, all because
someone wanted to make it to a red light in front of me." ... Where's
Monty? That's the game they were playing at the Ballantine's Championship in
South Korea. Colin Montgomerie had committed to play the European tour event
and was featured in ads and posters all around the tournament venue on JeJu
Island, but then Arnold Palmer offered Monty an exemption to Bay Hill. Sitting
61st in the World Ranking and needing to get to 50th to qualify for the
Masters, he spiked the Ballantine's and beat it to Bay Hill. How did it work
out? The Koreans missed Monty; Monty missed the cut.... The Florida state
attorney says that no charges will be filed against Arjun Atwal in the car
accident that led to the death of another man in March 2007.