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The 19th hole

By BOB HARIG
Published March 24, 2005


DIVOTS

Live at 17: It is difficult to deny the aura of the 17th hole at the TPC-Sawgrass, where a seemingly simple tee shot can make the knees of even the best players in the world buckle. Not wanting to miss any of the excitement, the PGA Tour's Web site, www.pgatour.com will offer Live@17 today and Friday. Every shot on the hole will be shown on the Internet, with a simulcast on ESPN Classic. Last year, there were 29 balls hit into the water on the island hole, which typically measures less than 140 yards.

A Jones tribute: It has been 75 years since Bobby Jones captured the Grand Slam in 1930, winning the British Open and Amateur along with the U.S. Open and Amateur. To commemorate the occasion, the World Golf Hall of Fame has put together an exhibit that opened Tuesday called "Bobby Jones: A Salute to the Grand Slam." For the first time since 1930, the four trophies from his victories, along with one from the Walker Cup that year, will be on display at the same time. The Hall of Fame was able to get the trophies from the United States Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. More than 50 items of memorabilia also will be on display until Dec. 31.

QUOTABLE

"Well, no one's dead. I didn't kill anybody. A couple of people got hit, but they were all right. They bounced back up." - Tiger Woods after a 74-72 finish at the Bay Hill Invitational put him in a tie for 23rd.

STAT OF THE WEEK

Annika Sorenstam's victory on Sunday at the Safeway International was her 40th in 108 events going back to 2000, a winning percentage of 37 percent.