Striding up the final fairway on the day he shot fifty-nine to win the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, David Duval noticed a shiny new car perched in the middle of a water hazard and wondered, "How the heck did they get that out there?" With eleven PGA Tour events sponsored by automakers, it's a timely question. The answer: "We put it there," says Shawn Andry.
The car Duval saw as well as three vehicles at this year's Hope Chrysler Classic were pond-parked by Andry's ASV of Torrance, California, which also does auto installations at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson and other tournaments. The company uses a $100,000 aluminum superstructure with hydraulic legs to ferry a car to midpond. The cars ride above the water as they're moved into position, then Andry's men anchor supports to the pond bed and lower the cars until their tires appear to be treading water. Mishaps are rare but not unknown. "We've done over 100 cars, and we've never lost one," Andry says. "But another company does this, and they've sunk two cars that I know of."
Want to attend a private exhibition by Tiger Woods?Purchase a $180 all-week grounds pass to the 2003 World Golf Championships-American Express Championship (September 29 to October 5 in Woodstock, Georgia) and you will get a reward: a special demonstration by the world's best golfer. Woods will host the exhibition for up to 7,000 fans in Atlanta's Piedmont Park on September 30. To score your ticket, say you want the American Express Tiger Woods Exhibition package when you buy your grounds pass. For details, call 888-868-7849 or visit americanexpress.com/wgc.
"Maybe I should make like Dr. Renee Richards—get a sex change and play the LPGA." —Johnny Miller on Annika Sorenstam's playing on the men's tour
Ever wish your putter were all sweet spot?A new putting aid from Never Compromise, the Stubby, is just that. With a face only 1.78 inches wide, the $79.95 Stubby does without heel or toe while maintaining the weight of a standard putter. "Using it will elevate your concentration," says company official Brad Adams. "You'll train yourself to hit the sweet spot." Jesper Parnevik used the thing in competition at last year's WGC-NEC Invitational (he came in seventy-first). Call 800-615-3850 or visit nevercompromise.com.
Eighteen Holes, Eighteen Putts
Sometimes the hole gets as big as a bucket. For Kenny Knox, whose pendulum stroke was one of the Tour's best fifteen years ago, the hole might as well have been a manhole for one golden week at Hilton Head. In the 1989 Heritage Classic at Harbour Town, Knox staged a four-day putting performance that has never been topped. He took only eighteen putts in Thursday's first round and finished the event with a record-low ninety-three putts. Hole-outs and chip-ins aside, that means Knox one-putted about fifty times in four days.
Both of his marks have been equaled—most recently by Mark Calcavecchia, who got around Greensboro in ninety-three rolls last year—but only Kenny "Knox 'em down" holds a piece of both the eighteen- and seventy-two-hole Tour records. "I remember being paired with Bernhard Langer that final round," says Knox, 46, whose Monticello, Florida-based company, Tour Greens by Kenny Knox, builds and installs synthetic putting greens (he is also practicing for a run at the Champions Tour in 2006). "Bernhard was battling the yips, and I felt myself being affected psychologically. I flinched on a few short putts down the stretch, but luckily they all fell in."
Postscript: Whenever you hear golfers repeat the old saw "Drive for show, putt for dough," tell them about Knox. He tied for fifth that week.
"It's never too late to be awesome," says one of the pros whose pointers energize A Different Game: Golf After 50 (Burford Books, $20), a guide for midlifers by Hershel Sarbin and Jim Brown, whose advice also appears on cbs.sportsline.com and pgatour.com. Their tips on topics from aging ("Muscle memory seems to go before the mind does") to equipment and sun protection can help save strokes and sanity. Readers will also find hints from Hale Irwin ("Stretch, stretch and then stretch"), Ben Hogan, Gary Player and several teaching pros, including the memorably named Craig Bunker. Call 888-672-5247 or visit burfordbooks.com.
Golfers and cardplayers alike wield clubs, yearn for aces and bet on everything, but poker has one thing on golf: It's easier. If your golf vacations don't already feature nightly card games, the cure comes in a fishnet sack: It's the Poker Night KnackPack, a travel kit flush with shiny new cards, 200 poker chips and a handbook on poker basics and variations, including an invaluable cheat sheet on the odds of getting various hands. (The odds of filling an inside straight are 11-1, while the odds of filling an open-ended straight are only 5-1.) To bag a KnackPack, ante up $25 at knackpacks.com or call 708-358-1760.
Last June, a round for four at Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, Florida, went for $425,000 on eBay. The big lure was the group's fifth player: Tiger Woods. Now the world's top golfer is reprising the offer, with proceeds going to the Tiger Woods Foundation. (Another eBay auction fetched $12,800 for choice seats to see Bon Jovi and play in last month's Tiger Jam VI golf event in Las Vegas.) The auction begins on June 6 at ebay.com/twf, and low rollers need not apply: Last year's bidding opened at $100,000.
A California entrepreneur is working on ways to pipe music through loudspeakers on golf courses.