excited about Olympic Golf prospect
Tiger Woods would rather
play for green than gold. Although not ruling out a possible trip to the Olympics
should golf be added to the 2008 games in Beijing, Woods said a gold medal wouldnt
be the biggest prize in his sport.
It certain does excite me,
Woods said. But which one would you rather win? An Olympic gold medal or
one of the four major championships?
Woods already has won three
green jackets at Augusta National, along with two PGAs and a British and U.S.
Woods will be 32 when the Olympics go to China, very much in his
His participation could be crucial to golfs hopes of getting
onto the Olympic program. The International Olympic Committee is said to be interested
only if the World Amateur Golf Council the official golf federation for
the Olympics can ensure the top players.
SERGIO MEETS A STAR
Sergio Garcia won the Korean Open two weeks ago, but the big thrill came the following
week when he didnt play.
I met Ronaldo, Garcia said.
Ronaldo, who scored twice for Brazil in the World Cup final, was recently traded
to Real Madrid, Garcias favorite soccer club in Spain.
often plays tennis with girlfriend Martina Hingis, was asked if he and Ronaldo
played golf or soccer.
Were going to have a golf game, but
I just met him, Garcia said.
Rich Beem will have to set some new goals.
Having barely kept his card
for the 2002 season, Beem had three things he wanted to accomplish this year
win enough money to secure his card and get into invitational events; win tournaments
and surpass $1 million in earnings; and put himself in position to make the Ryder
Cup team for 2004.
The PGA Championship, where he held off Tiger
Woods, did wonders.
Beem has won twice this year (International, PGA),
is fourth on the PGA Tour money list with over $2.7 million, and is third on the
04 Ryder Cup points list.
Im way ahead of the game,
Beem said. I have to go back to the drawing board and get some new goals.
I dont know where to go from here. Ive totally exceeded every expectation
I could have dreamed of.
One other thing he hasnt figured
out: what to do with all that money.
Beem said his only big expenditure
so far was a diamond necklace for his wife.
After the International
win, I went ahead and bought a pool, he said. Im hoping to get
a porch for Christmas.
PLAYING OUT THE STRING
isnt giving up hope on making it to the Tour Championship, a tournament
for the top 30 money-winners that he has never missed since his rookie season
Duval is 95th on the PGA Tour money list with just under $600,000,
and he would need a victory this week just to get close to the top 30.
If he doesnt make it to East Lake, it wont be from a lack of effort.
Duval said he plans to play every tournament the rest of the year as soon as the
Ryder Cup is over Michelob, Las Vegas, Disney and Callaway Gardens. If
he does, that will be the most tournaments he has played in one year since 1997.
It feels like this year never really started for me, Duval said.
Although most of the talk in Ireland this week is
about the Ryder Cup, Craig Parry of Australia is among those who could care less.
I think I might have watched 20 minutes in all the years, Parry said.
Most of the time, I was always in Australia when the Ryder Cup was going
He doesnt care who wins since he has friends on both teams,
and said Europeans probably feel the same way about the Presidents Cup.
He might have caused a stir when asked whether the International team at the Presidents
Cup would ever be as strong as Europes team in the Ryder Cup.
is now, isnt it? Parry said.
Hes right about that.
Parry is 12th on the Presidents Cup standings at No. 44 in the world ranking.
Only six players on Europes team are ranked ahead of him.
Gary Evans of England probably needs to win this week to have
a chance at joining Justin Rose in the World Cup. Otherwise, Rose will be with
Nick Faldo. ... Beem has a busy schedule at the end of the year. Hell play
in the Three-Tour Challenge, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the Australian Open,
the Hyundai Team Matches, and he has been offered a sponsors exemption into
Tiger Woods tournament, the Target World Challenge. ... Mike Weir needs
a strong finish to his season to have a chance at defending in the Tour Championship.
He is No. 69 on the money list.
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