- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 1, 2002

THE BUZZ

Shark attacks up Norman takes a bite out of Avenel. Chum's in the water, mate

Titles up Did you know Carlos Franco (4 under) is Paraguay's Minister of Sports?

Title defenses down Frank Lickliter misses the cut and blows off media and fans

Longhorns up Texas grads Bob Estes, Harrison Frazar and Justin Leonard collective 18 under

Pizza Hut up Hey, Barlow, we'd like a large deep dish with pepperoni and onions

Duffy Waldorf down Wardrobe by Zubaz is pure fashion toxic


GOLDEN OLDIES

If second-round Kemper Open co-leader Greg Norman goes on to win this week at 47, he would become one of the oldest victors in Tour history. Here is a closer look at the game's cotton-topped coups:

PLAYER AGE EVENT

Sam Snead 52 1965 Greater Greensboro Open

Art Wall 51 (7 months) 1975 Greater Greensboro Open

Jim Barnes 51 (3 months) 1937 Long Island Open

John Barnum 51 (1 month) 1962 Cajun Classic

Ray Floyd 49 1992 Doral-Ryder Open

Sam Snead 48 (9 months) 1961 Tournament of Champions

Tom Watson 48 (8 months) 1998 Colonial


NUMBERS

339.0 Average distance of Hank Kuehe's two measured drives at Avenel yesterday. Through two rounds, the 1998 U.S. Amateur champion leads the field in driving distance (330.0 yards). The PGA Tour record for driving distance in an event (333.5) was set last season by John Daly at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Kuehne, who is 4under at Avenel in his first PGA Tour event of the season, should challenge that record if the rain holds off.

52under Greg Norman's total in relation to par in 22 rounds at TPC at Avenel. The 47-year-old Shark torched the 7,005-yard, par-71 layout again yesterday, carding a 67 to move into weekend position atop the leader board at 10under.

0 Number of bogies by Norman during the second round


CADDYSHACK SMACK

Observations from the Kemper:

Apparently, Mark Wiebe wasn't man enough to take the Rypper challenge. After an opening-round 89, easily the worst score in the field, Wiebe withdrew from the Kemper yesterday, leaving Mark Rypien as Avenel's reigning Mark-quis de Sod. The former Washington QB fired rounds of 80-91 in the 1992 Kemper Open, but at least he had the temerity to finish.

The Rover has located the perfect scramble partner in Jose Maria Olazabal. Ollie hasn't hit a fairway in his career, but he still manages to break par and win golf tournaments from the jungle. The Rover hasn't made a putt since 1990, but he can do a little damage with the big stick. With visions of 56 dancing in his head, the Rover plans to extend Ollie an invitation for next year's Georgetown Alumni Scramble. Will update with inevitable rejection and, more importantly, the look of complete incredulity.


QUOTABLE

"I don't feel 47, to tell you the truth. I probably feel better than I did when I was 35."

Greg Norman, who hasn't had a victory since the 1997 NEC World Series of Golf.


"I don't feel forgotten at all. If you play good, you'll suddenly be remembered. It's as simple as that. And I'm definitely not going to feel sorry for Greg,"

41-year-old Willie Wood, responding to Greg Norman's comments that over-40 golfers were becoming a "forgotten entity" on the PGA Tour. Wood is tied for second at 8under.


"Heat's a big no-no with ALS. Heat and stress. It brings on fatigue a lot quicker."

Kimberly Julian, wife of Jeff Julian, who has Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS. He missed the cut after shooting a 78 as the temperature soared above 90 yesterday and finished with a 12-over 154.

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