****Now that I’ve survived the Masters once again, let me drop in for a short visit…..and are you getting used to the startling fact that for the first time since there were four Majors in world golf, that none of the champions is American?
Masters: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa
US Open: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland
British Open: Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa
U.S. PGA Championship: Martin Kaymer of Germany (Strange, Kaymer doesn’t make the cut at Augusta, but doesn’t lose his place as No, l in World Rank. Something’s wrong with that kind of system).
****Heard the news? Bill Clinton will be heading the Bob Hope Classic, he and his foundation joining up with the Humana Corporation from Kentucky. Now we’ll see if the dawdling Hope event can be saved by another president—who has a reputation for cheating on the course. Hope was funny, Clinton is not, but I’d guess that he’s the only hope (no pun intended) available. Now, if they get back to four-round play and limit the number of amateurs, we’ll see if it really works.
****Wanna be on television? Davis Love is looking for extras—you know, people who stand around and provide background—for a commercial being shot at St. Simons Island in behalf of The McGladrey Classic coming up at Sea Island in October. Got off to a smooth start last year, won by Heath Slocum, our neighbor at Alpharetta.
****Does it strike you that Paul Johnson has run into a recruiting depression at Georgia Tech? There are few high school teams—if any—that run his option offense. For that matter, there are few that have even the ability to handle it, thus reducing the number of prospects to be recruited, not to mention the fact that his offense may scare a bunch of them away. On the other hand, it seems he was able to supply the demand at Georgia Southern and Navy. (And maybe I’m just groping for excuses. Sorry.)
****Years ago I used to write a column that included an item known as “Name of the Week.” Well, I have finally come across the “Name of Forever”—playing in the Malaysian Open on the European Tour. His name: Alphibarnrat, pronounced just as spelled…