Global golf has taken a beating over the last couple of years,
dating to the 1998 Presidents Cup in Melbourne in early December,
when some Americans complained about having to travel so far around
Several players skipped the Match Play Championship in Australia
last year. Others skipped the American Express Championship when it
was in Spain.
The Presidents Cup will be in South Africa next November, and
already there is speculation that not everyone who qualifies will
make the trip.
''I hope the top players do go,'' Price said. ''If they only
realize what good they're doing by going there, not only golf in
South Africa, but the juniors that come watch. It's going to be a
The Presidents Cup was patterned after the Ryder Cup, a
match-play event featuring the United States against players from
everywhere in the world except Europe.
The International team handed the Americans their worst loss in
team play in 1998 at Royal Melbourne, 20½-11½. The United States
won in 2000 at the Robert Trent Jones Club in Virginia by claiming
21½ of the 32 points.
Woods has not said whether he will play in the Presidents Cup,
although he has not said anything that indicates he will skip it.
What if Woods played, but not all 10 of the players who qualify?
''No,'' Price said. ''They've got to be the best team. It's not
anyone's duty to do that. They don't have to. If they realize how
much good they're doing for golf. ... It's only one week out of
Howell falling short
Charles Howell III has been working out
almost as long as he's been playing golf and eating whatever he
He still can't seem to add any weight to his 153-pound frame.
''I've tried everything I can do to gain weight,'' Howell said.
''I eat all the time. I drink very high-calorie milkshakes right
before I go to bed and sleep on them with absolutely no physical
activity after they have been consumed. That doesn't work.''
Howell said he even has made milkshakes and left them by his bed
in case he wakes up in the middle of the night.
''It's hopeless,'' he said.
Someone suggested he drink more beer.
Howell had never tasted alcohol until winning the Michelob
Championship. The tradition at Michelob is for the winner to drink
one of the sponsor's beers. Howell felt he had no choice, took one
swig and figured he had enough.
Montgomerie switching to Hogan equipment
Colin Montgomerie made news Friday without
The seven-time winner of the Order of Merit announced he was
changing equipment from Callaway Golf to the Ben Hogan Co.
Montgomerie has been with Callaway since 1995.
He began using the new four-piece Hogan Apex Tour golf ball
while playing with Bernhard Langer during the Ryder Cup. Monty used
the Hogan ball even during his singles match, and went shopping
around for a better deal.
''He came to us after he won two consecutive Orders of Merit,
and he proceeded to win five more in a row,'' Callaway spokesman
Larry Dorman said. ''We think we had a very good relationship, a
productive partnership, and we hope he feels the same way.''
Terms of the Hogan contract were not disclosed, although it was
believed Montgomerie was earning at least $1 million a year with
Under his Hogan deal, he will play the golf ball and the Apex
''The Ben Hogan golf balls and irons have a great reputation, so
I am very much looking forward to teeing up with them in the new
year,'' he said.
Temperatures are expected to continue dropping through
the weekend, with highs forecast for 59 Saturday and 56 Sunday. Tee times have been moved up two hours Saturday (9:15 a.m. ET
to 11:20 a.m.) for television, leading to possible frost delays.
... No one has shot better than 65 or worse than 74 through the
first two rounds. ... PGA Tour officials were marking several areas
of the fairway as ground under repair late Friday evening, an
indication they will try to get away from the lift, clean and place
rule that has been in effect the first two days.