Notes No Love for Heckler


Davis Love III had no problems with how he confronted the gallery during the final round of the Match Play Championship and demanded that a heckler be taken away.
He said fans like that should be kicked off the course.
'How about if I come into the press room, and instead of saying that maybe that cost me a hole, saying, 'This is unfair. This cost me the golf tournament. I'm getting a lawyer.' How many lawyers in California would have jumped on that?' Love said Tuesday.
But he said he stopped thinking about the heckler after the hole was played.
'As soon as I hit it in the trees (on No. 6), I was like, 'How do I get this out?' I'm back to playing the game,' Love said. 'I didn't think about it again until afterward.'
Love missed a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 6 (the 24th hole of the match). Tiger Woods took the lead for the first time by winning the next three holes and wound up beating Love, 3 and 2.
It's not the first time Love has confronted a heckler. After hitting into the water in the final round of the '98 Bay Hill Invitational, Love confronted a fan who called out, 'C'mon Davis, this isn't the Ryder Cup.'
'Why should I play with someone trying to distract me from playing?' Love said. 'It's not fair. The people who disagree with that, they don't understand the game.'
A Visit to the Masters Champion
The biggest thrill for Mike Weir after he won the Masters last year was dropping a ceremonial puck at a Stanley Cup playoff game in Toronto.
The strangest episode of his new fame? The guy who showed up at his home in Utah.
'I got a knock on my door, and there was a guy standing there, and he had five Masters flags,' Weir said Tuesday during a conference call.
The man was from Calgary, on his way home from the Masters, and decided to stop in Salt Lake City to see if he could find Canada's latest sports star. Weir went to BYU and lives in suburban Draper.
'Somehow, he found my house,' Weir said. 'He went to some neighborhoods ... kind of drove around. I guess he asked some construction workers, and they told him that I lived in the neighborhood. He came right to my front door.'
Stranger yet: Weir saw the man's wife in the front seat of the car, waving to him.
'You'd think his wife would say, 'Don't you think it's a little odd to be going to the guy's house?' But no, he thought it was OK,' Weir said.
The Masters champion chatted with him and eventually signed the flag.
The man apparently later heard a report about the episode and wrote Weir an apology.
And The Winner Is ...
Golf Digest magazine had former CBS Sports golf analyst Ben Wright and Martha Burk square off in a series of questions.
The final question: Who won the Masters?
'I did,' Burk said with a laugh. 'If you count the column inches of coverage and the ability to raise a profile in the press, there's no question I won.
'As far as the guy at the top of the scoreboard, I couldn't tell you.'
Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
One of the more peculiar moments from the Match Play Championship came during the first round between David Toms and Niclas Fasth of Sweden.
They didn't have a referee in their group to decide who was away. Trying to measure the distance of the putts with the flag stick didn't work, either.
Toms suggested flipping a coin, a common procedure -- except maybe in Sweden.
'I don't know if Niclas has ever flipped a coin, because he goes, 'How does this work?' Toms said. 'It was a very confusing thing. We flipped a coin, but he said, 'What happens if I call tails?'
'It was just a big mess.'
The caddies and players ultimately agreed that Toms was away. He holed the putt and wound up winning on the 19th hole.
Consolation Prize
One thing that kept Davis Love III grinding away in the semifinals Saturday afternoon is what awaited him Sunday afternoon if had lost: the dreaded consolation match.
'I've played a consolation match, and it's not fun,' said Love, who was soundly beaten by David Duval in the consolation match four years ago.
Tour officials want to keep the 18-hole consolation match because it helps fill dead time during the telecast and allows fans another match to watch.
The difference between third place and fourth place is $100,000 and 7.4 world ranking points, so it's not entirely meaningless.
'It was a bit flat, to be honest,' Stephen Leaney said after losing to Darren Clarke. 'With no disrespect, we didn't come here to be third or fourth.'
Badd Coincidence
Aaron Baddeley had only 95 putts last week at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson, two more than the PGA Tour record held by Kenny Knox and Mark Calcavecchia.
And he three-putted the final hole -- his only three-putt of the week -- to finish one shot behind.
The last time Baddeley had such a good week on the greens was the 2002 Sony Open. He made every putt inside 5 feet until the 71st hole -- backing off when the door of a portable toilet slammed -- and wound up losing to Ernie Els in a playoff.
Clubhouse badges for the Bay Hill Invitational have sold out for the first time since the tournament moved to Bay Hill Club in 1979. A victory by Tiger Woods would make him the first professional to win the same golf tournament five straight years. ... Annika Sorenstam will receive the Gold Tee Award from the Met Golf Writers Association at their 53rd National Awards Dinner on June 14. ... Great Britain & Ireland is getting a head start on trying to win the Walker Cup for a fourth straight time. A group of 12 players is coming to Chicago Golf Club in August to prepare for the 2005 matches. ... The Royal Canadian Golf Association is creating a $1 million University Golf Fund to support promising golfers and help Canadian schools establish credible golf programs.
Stat of the week
Seve Ballesteros is playing the Ford Championship at Doral this week. He has not made a cut in the United States since the '96 Masters, and he hasn't made the cut at a regular PGA Tour event since he tied for 37th at The Players Championship in 1995.
Final word
'I've got a little dinner to organize that I didn't have to do last year.' -- Mike Weir, on what he'll do differently at the Masters.
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