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The 19th hole
By BOB HARIG
Published March 2, 2006
CHANGING DRIVERS: When Loren Roberts won the ACE Group Classic two weeks ago for his third straight victory on the Champions Tour, he did so using a new driver, TaylorMade's r7 425. There is nothing unusual about players changing drivers. Heck, some have been known to do so every round. But for Roberts, this was a big deal. He had not made a switch in five years, during which time a great deal has changed in driver technology. Roberts had been using the TM 300 driver since the 2001 Houston Open. But at the Sony Open in January, Roberts' caddie noticed a crack in the face. "He didn't want to tell me then," said Roberts, who went on to win his first two Champions events with it. "The crack had gotten a little worse, and he figured he ought to tell me. It was time for me to move on to a new driver anyway."
PRESTIGIOUS: Calling it the "ultimate mix of course history, membership, tradition and class," Golf Connoisseur magazine has a list of the 100 Most Prestigious Private Clubs in America. There are no surprises at the top: Pine Valley, Augusta National, Cypress Point, Shinnecock Hills and Merion Golf Club make up the top five. There are just four from the state of Florida, led by Seminole Golf Club near Palm Beach, which came in at No. 9. The others were Jupiter Hills in Tequesta at No. 79, Isleworth in Orlando at No. 82 and Pablo Creek in Jacksonville at No. 94.
"I see success as when you start winning. I've never won . . . and if you start winning, they say why haven't you won a major. It's just going to escalate from there. Right now, I'm a nobody in the golfing industry because I haven't won. Third place isn't looked upon highly, unless you're Michelle Wie."
- PGA Tour rookie Bubba Watson, who has a fourth and a tie for third in four tournaments this year.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Hale Irwin's tie for second at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am gave him 85 finishes of first or second in his 254 starts on the Champions Tour. That's a 33.5 percent clip at first or second. Irwin has 44 victories.