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Archive for Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Next made-for-TV event might have mixed teams

Possible competitors include Woods, Duval, Sorenstam, Webb

May 16, 2001

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Tiger Woods beat David Duval in the "Showdown at Sherwood" and lost to Sergio Garcia under the lights in the "Battle of Bighorn." Should there be another made-for-TV exhibition this year, he'll have to share the victory or defeat.

Another prime-time match is in the works that would be far different than the other two a team competition, featuring Woods and the other best players in golf.

Women's golf.

According to three sources close to the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Woods and David Duval would play a mixed-team match with Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb.

All four are clients of IMG, which has put together the past two exhibitions. All four have been ranked No. 1 over the past three years.

Mark Steinberg at IMG, who represents Woods and Sorenstam, declined comment. When asked if there would be another prime-time exhibition, he said, "We don't have anything scheduled at this time."

One source involved in the discussions laid out three issues the schedules of the four players, the interest of the four players and Woods' relationship with Disney. Woods is negotiating an endorsement deal with Disney, and such an exhibition could be affected if it is televised by ABC Sports.

"Any one of those issues could kibosh it a little bit," the source said.

The source said the scheduling can be worked out, and that three of the four players like the idea, with the fourth one leaning toward doing it.

If Woods and Disney work out an endorsement deal, the ultimate "mixer" in golf might not be too far behind.

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Lord Byron's message: The top players on the PGA Tour almost always come to the Byron Nelson Classic each year out of respect to the host.

In a gesture that explains his class and the respect he receives, Nelson left a videotape in the locker of every player that showed how the money raised for charity affects 3,500 children in the area through the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.

The tape was accompanied by a note.

"Please take just nine minutes to learn more about the programs of the Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers," it said.

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Chasing a Tiger: While Charles Howell has never played with Tiger Woods as a professional, they did face each other in the third round of the 1996 U.S. Amateur.

Howell was going into his senior year of high school, while Woods was a 20-year-old in his final tournament before turning pro. Howell gave him a good battle before losing, 3 and 1.

"Well, I didn't lose 10 and 8, so I'm happy," Howell said at the time. "I knew I would have to play real, real good to beat him and I didn't play good enough to beat Tiger Woods."

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And, finally: The men's NCAA Championship starts May 30 at Duke University Golf Course, which holds special significance for Rees Jones Jr. Not only did he renovate the course designed by his father, but Jones competed for Yale on the original Duke course when the NCAA was played there in 1962.

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