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Quake jolts England,a few Ryder players

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© St. Petersburg Times
published September 24, 2002

SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- After a three-year wait, the Ryder Cup returned with a jolt -- an earthquake that shook central England early Monday and roused European captain Sam Torrance from his sleep.

Most of the U.S. players were still in Ireland when the worst earthquake in Britain in 10 years, measuring a magnitude of 4.8, shook the area just before 1 a.m.

"I understand it shook pretty good, didn't it?" U.S. captain Curtis Strange said to Torrance. "We worry about the fans. We ought to worry about earthquakes."

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REASOR DEAD: Mike Reasor, who shot two of the highest scores in PGA Tour history and once caddied for Arnold Palmer, died at age 60. He apparently had a heart attack while competing in the Pacific Northwest Section PGA Senior Championship in Bend, Ore.

Reasor played on the PGA Tour from 1969-78 and had 10 top-10 finishes. At the 1966 U.S. Open, he was drawn from a pool to caddie for Palmer, who blew a seven-shot lead over the final nine holes, then lost to Billy Casper in an 18-hole playoff.

In 1974, Reasor separated his left shoulder, tore rib cartilage and damaged knee ligaments when he was thrown from a horse between rounds of the Tallahassee Open. He insisted on playing the closing rounds to remain eligible for the next event. Swinging only a 5-iron with one hand, and with the other hand tucked inside his belt, Reasor shot 123 and 114, among the highest scores recorded on tour, although no official records are kept.

1999 HIGHLIGHTS: USA Network will revisit "the greatest day in American golf," the final day of the 1999 Ryder Cup matches in Brookline, Mass., with a 30-minute feature The Comeback at the Country Club during its two-hour coverage of the Ryder Cup opening ceremony on Thursday.

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