Pros will be all over Florida
By BOB HARIG
Published February 8, 2007
If you want to witness professional golf, you are in the right place. For nine of the next 10 weeks, starting Friday, you could attend a tournament in Florida, including two in the Tampa Bay area. The only "open" week in that span is the Masters. The Champions Tour arrives this week for the first of three straight events, followed by four weeks of the PGA Tour, then another Champions Tour event. After the Masters, the LPGA Tour has its only full-field Florida event, near Orlando. In the bay area, you can catch the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am next week at the TPC of Tampa Bay in Lutz, a Champions Tour event in its 20th year. Three weeks later, the area PGA Tour event becomes part of the Florida Swing for the first time with the PODS Championship at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor.
Ray-Bans ... $165. Golf ball ... $2. Playing the remaining 16 holes with a bleeding, blackened eye ... PRICELESS! This happened at Mangrove Bay, hole No. 2 (last summer). The sad part ... It was MY ball! A 15-yard lob skipped into the curb and into my eye! Felt like a Winky (Wright) punch! Ouch! This was the worst golf moment. Embarrassing and painful.
Brad Wysard, Clearwater
In 1968, I was playing the 17th hole at Langhorne (Pa.) Country Club. There is an elevated tee, with water running down the right side of the fairway on the par-4 hole. It is 329 yards. There is a hill on the left side sloping down toward the fairway. I was reluctant to hit my tee shot because there were players on the green. I was finally convinced by my partner to tee off. I hit the ball part way up the hill and the ball rolled and bounced down toward the green. All of a sudden, I saw a man jump on the green. I thought I had hit him. When I got to the green, I could not find my ball. The man came over from the 18th tee and I figured I was in trouble. That's when he told me to look in the hole. He told me he had been ready to putt when my ball came and rolled between his legs and dropped into the hole. Needless to say, it cost me a bundle - and it was the best of my three holes-in-one. So far, I have never heard of anyone else who has a hole-in-one on a par-4 hole.
Dr. Jim Bardsley, Madeira Beach
Editor's Note: Andrew Magee was the last player on the PGA Tour to record a hole-in-one on a par-4. He did so at the 2001 Phoenix Open on the 17th hole of the TPC Scottsdale.
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