For 71 holes he was three over par, easily the best of the lot. Odd, then, that Jean Van de Velde should suddenly play the 72nd as if he were bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Or was that Jacques Cousteau? When a barefooted Van de Velde probed the depths of Barry Burn, it was hard to tell. No doubt the finale had a tragicomic ring, but Van de Velde deserved more from himself. His gaffe, and this Open, was mostly sad.
British Open champ Paul Lawrie of Scotland moved up 111 places in the World Ranking to 48th—the biggest one-week leap since John Daly jumped 114 spots after winning the '91 PGA....
Van de Velde went from 26th to eighth in the European Ryder Cup standings....
Defending champion Mark O'Meara shot 83-74 to miss the cut by three and is winless in '99.Here's why: He ranks 106th on Tour in driving accuracy and 144th in driving distance. His World Ranking has sunk from second to 11th.
By the end of the JAL Big Apple Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y., winner Sherri Steinhauer and runner-up Lorie Kane had played 77 holes together. The twosome, paired all four days, played the par-5 18th hole five times in sudden death before Steinhauer won by holing a 35-foot birdie putt in near-darkness....
Kane, who is winless in her career but has come in second three times this year, birdied the 481-yard 18th on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, then made six pars on the hole on Sunday.