BOOM! John Madden's booth bombast is set to return Monday Night Football to must-see status, but you won't see Madden booming drives at your local celebrity pro-am. "All the athletes and movie stars have gotten too damn good," says the former Oakland Raiders coach, whose handicap hovers around twenty. "I hate to go out there and just slap it around." Madden, 66, grew up caddying at San Francisco Golf Club, where he often looped for Ken Venturi. Perhaps he'll park the Madden Cruiser at Bel-Air Country Club, where Monday Night Football play-by-play man Al Michaels tees it up so often that Tiger Woods once told Michaels, "You play more than I do!"
HITTING DRIVERS: Golf and NASCAR compete for weekend TV ratings, but there's no feud between the two tech-driven sports. "A big head on a driver?That's just like a big motor on a car. Gives you an edge," says NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip. Last year Waltrip joined the Fox Sports broadcast team, leaving him more time for golf at Temple Hills, the Legends Club and other tracks near his home in Franklin, Tennessee. Estimating his handicap as "eight to eighteen," DW says he "can play with anybody—even Dale Jarrett." That's saying a mouthful, since Jarrett turned down a golf scholarship to the University of South Carolina, opting to shoot for poles, not pins. "Dale's about a four," says brother Glenn Jarrett. "His short game's only fair, but he's great tee to green." It's no surprise to hear that Jarrett can drive straight.
CULT WITH PERSONALITY: Callaway keeps its comp list under wraps, but sources say there's a new name on it. John Travolta reportedly caught the golf bug from Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, who can always get a tee time at Golden Era, the course next door to the Scientology facility near Hemet, California. To complete a threesome, they could call another believer and novice golfer, Tom Cruise.
BLONDE'S AMBITION: In addition to being rockers who have gotten close to Pamela Anderson, both Tommy Lee and Kid Rock are golfers. But while Lee's influence on Pam apparently never extended to the course, Kid Rock seems to have inspired his voluptuous fiancée to get serious about the game. The word from L.A. is that Anderson, an expert at sand saves during her Baywatch days, has hired a private golf pro to help her round out the rest of her game.