By BOB HARIG, Times Staff Writer
Published September 15, 2005
ARNIE'S ANNIVERSARY: Arnold Palmer this week celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first professional victory at the 1955 Canadian Open. Palmer, who turned 76 Saturday, visited Weston Golf and Country Club in Toronto, where the festivities included a pro-am to benefit children's charities. There also was a ceremonial tee shot and a plaque that commemorates the victory. The win was the first of 62 for Palmer on the PGA Tour and came less than a year after he captured the 1954 U.S. Amateur.
SANDBAGGING? The PGA Tour Superstore World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is one of the biggest amateur events in the world and typically prides itself on making sure the handicaps of its participants are legitimate. But when one of the players shot back-to-back net 58s, officials took another look. Al Simon had the low score by seven strokes among 3,800 participants in the event two weeks ago. Simon, who had a 30.1 handicap index, had not posted a score in two months, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun News , and was disqualified. It was the first time in the event's 22-year history that the overall winner was disqualified. "We'd much rather have all the scenarios play out (earlier), but sometimes it just doesn't work out that way," said tournament director Steve Mays . Simon, who is from Charlotte, proclaimed his innocence. "It probably looks a little fishy to some people, but believe me, I just had two good days of golf."
"I felt like it was a 36-hole day. Thank God we ran out of holes. I saved my best drive and my best iron for the last hole and I knew I could two-putt from 6 feet. How embarrassing to lag from 6 feet."
- Mark Calcavecchia, who has had trouble with his putting, after winning the Canadian Open, his 12th PGA Tour title.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Calcaveechia made just one birdie over the final 36 holes to win the Canadian Open. The last time a PGA winner made just one birdie during the final 36 holes was in 1989 when Curtis Strange won the U.S. Open.