Stadler has company in Cousy

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What happened to Tiger Woods between the second and 15th holes yesterday? Mr. Birdie Machine turned into Jack Par.

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We’ve gotta come up with a nickname for Kevin Stadler, Tiger’s third-round playing partner in the AT&T; National. Stadler’s father Craig, of course, is “The Walrus.” How about “The Penguin”?

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Or would we have to pay D.C. Comics a royalty?

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Hole-in-One of the Week: Basketball great Bob Cousy on the 190-yard sixth hole at Worcester (Mass.) Country Club.

Why is this hole-in-one more noteworthy than Stadler’s yesterday at Congressional’s No. 13? Because it enabled the 78-year-old Cooz to shoot better than his age — for the second time this year. He finished with a 5-over 75 on the 6,422-yard layout.

Cousy was so excited, Paul Doyle of the Worcester Telegram reported, that he retrieved his ball, returned to his cart … and suddenly realized he was still holding the flagstick.

The country club’s staff phoned the news to the paper. “I was trying to get them to say it was a 5-iron,” said Cousy, an 8 handicap, “but they told the truth and said 5-wood.”

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Historical footnote: Worcester Country Club was the site of the 1925 U.S. Open, won by Willie MacFarlane over Bobby Jones in a 36-hole playoff.

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Did you see Greg Oden, in his first NBA summer league game, was allowed 10 fouls before he officially fouled out? What is this, Ultimate Basketball?

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