Levet More at Ease

By Mercer BaggsMarch 26, 2003, 5:00 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Colin Montgomerie has had his fair share of run-ins with American fans; Thomas Levet experienced his first negative encounter in the third round at the Ford Championship.
The Frenchman was harassed by a handful of spectators who were making derogatory comments about his nationality ' with France opposing U.S. involvement in Iraq.
It was France this, and France that, he said. So it wasnt directly at me, more at the country. It wasnt funny.
Levet, who lost in a four-way playoff in the 2002 British Open, said he was a bit unnerved. The following week ' without asking ' he was provided with two federal agents and a police officer for security. The additional security was not on hand in Wednesdays practice round at The Players.
I dont think it will happen anymore, he said. The first time, it was surprising. Now I know how to handle it; its not that big a deal.
That was the only time it happened, otherwise Ive been very welcome here. Its been a pretty good experience so far.'
Levet responded to the barbs at the Ford with a sarcastic clap, saying: Thank you very much, it was very clear, bye-bye. He said he wouldnt react if provoked again.
Im not here to talk about politics. Im here to do my job, to play golf, he said. Im not the president, Im not clever enough for that.
Gentleman, Start Your Motor Homes
The players parking lot at the TPC at Sawgrass is filled with courtesy and luxury cars. But there isnt one in Davis Love IIIs spot.
Thats because he joined the ranks of John Daly when he bought a motor home last year after The Masters.
Love doesnt take the massive vehicle to all tour stops, such as Daly does, and he didnt purchase it because hes afraid to fly.
We got it because of horse shows, he said. My daughter shows six, seven times a year, and we enjoy going to the shows but we didnt enjoy not having a place at a horse show to hang out.
This is the fourth time this year that Love has taken the double-wide on tour. He got plenty of advice from Daly on everything from upgrading to parking to installing a satellite dish.
He said he would drive the vehicle to Augusta National for the Masters, where hell park a block away from the clubhouse ' away from the protestors.
My mother was the biggest detractor, said Love. She said, I cant believe youre going to stay in that thing. I said, Forty NASCAR teams cant be wrong.
Too Little, Too Late for Baddeley?
Ian Leggatt withdrew Wednesday because of a left wrist/hand injury.
I might have been premature to play this event, but since it is such a prestigious event, I wanted to play it. It wasnt worth the risk of injuring myself further to play this week, he said in a statement.
The field is now set at 145 players. The first alternate, Aaron Baddeley, will not be added until the field drops below 144.
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