- The Washington Times - Monday, August 19, 2002

The Rover spent yesterday morning inflating his handicap and deflating his bank account at the TPC of Twin Cities. Despite his miserable play, however, the Rover has to give a thumbs up to the course, one of 22 TPCs in the United States. If you want to know just how wretched Deane Beman's effort was at Avenel, take a trip around Twin Cities. Maybe they should move the Kemper Open to Minneapolis.

Our favorite Minnesota-ism is "You betcha." The Rover found himself trapped by his lonesome yesterday in a bus driven by a Minneapolis native who proved the versatility of the phrase.

Rover: "Are you from the area?"

Driver: "You betcha."

R: "Have you watched any of the tournament?"

D: "You betcha. That Justin Linnn-nard is something else, you betcha."

• Mrs. Rover will be happy to know that yours truly didn't make it to the horse races last night. Governor Ventura doesn't know it, but he should be happy, as well.

•The 84th PGA Championship could be a career killer for Justin Leonard. He's now given away a pair of majors the whole world assumed he would win. Leonard hit the jackpot at Carnoustie when Jean Van de Velde made a triple-bogey on the 72nd hole of the 1999 British Open to gift him into a three-way playoff with complete unknown Paul Lawrie and the Frenchman. He blew that one with two bogeys in four holes and then managed to lose seven strokes to Rich Beem in 11 holes yesterday en route to a stunning swoon. Even can't-putt 52-year-old Tom Watson shot a 67 yesterday. Nice playing, Justine.

•The Rover ends his dispatches from Hazeltine with a classic quote from six-time major champion Nick Faldo. Asked if he was looking forward to returning to Hazeltine for the 2009 PGA, Faldo responded: "I'll be on the Nick Faldo World Fishing Tour by then."

Let's tee it up on the gridiron.

Barker Davis

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