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NICKLAUS REUNITED WITH 'WHITE FANG'
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The putter Jack Nicklaus used when he set a scoring record in the 1967 U.S. Open is finally back where it belongs -- in his museum.

The putter, a replica of the Bulls Eye, was called 'White Fang' because the face of the blade was painted white to reduce the glare from the sun.
 
Nicklaus borrowed it from a friend during a practice round at Baltusrol in 1967, and made eight birdies in his final round to finish at 275 for a four-stroke victory over Arnold Palmer. At the time, it was a record score for the U.S. Open.
 
Nicklaus won four other times with 'White Fang,' but that was his only major.
 
The mystical putter disappeared over time, then turned up in an odd place -- at a birthday party last month for his son Steve.
 
Joe Wessel, his son's roommate at Florida State, said he had the putter for at least 20 years and brought it to the party in case it held some historical significance for Nicklaus.
 
'It was Steve's birthday,' Nicklaus said. 'But I got the best present.'
 
The putter was turned over to the Jack Nicklaus Museum at Ohio State University. Except for the putter Nicklaus used to win the 1986 Masters, the museum now has all the clubs Nicklaus used to win his 18 majors.
 
RANKIN RETURNS
 
The most inspiring performance in golf last week belonged to a woman, but it might not have been Annika Srenstam at the Bank of America Colonial.
 
Reilley Rankin was a rising star in 1999 when she landed awkwardly after diving from a 70-foot cliff. She broke her back and sternum, and bruised her heart, lungs and aorta. It was feared she would never walk again, much less play golf.
 
Rankin won on the Futures Tour last week in Indiana, beating Soo Young Moon on the second hole of a playoff in the Northwest Indiana Classic.
 
'I asked myself if I was going to live,' Rankin said. 'And I asked if I was going to be able to play golf again. I know the only reason I'm here is my passion for this. I was determined to see this through. Believe me, I'm grateful for every opportunity I have.'
 
PEOPLE VS. PROS
 
The latest made-for-TV event is taking golf to the masses.
 
It's called 'People vs. the Pros,' which will pit John Daly and Lee Trevino in separate matches against amateurs who can play off their handicap.
 
Two hundred amateurs earned a spot in the 54-hole qualifier, which starts Friday at Lake Las Vegas, through a sweepstakes and an Internet auction. Daly will play one of the winners, while Trevino will play the 50-and-over champion.
 
The winner gets $100,000 and $50,000 goes to the loser. Players lose their amateur status only if they accept the prize money.
 
Daly did not play in the Bank of America Colonial, but he could wind up playing against a woman. Among the amateurs in the qualifier is Kay Ziplow, who plays off an 11 handicap.
 
'I'm not against it,' Daly said. 'I think it would be great. Beats looking at a man.'
 
The finals will be televised Monday at 8 p.m. ET on The Golf Channel.
 
DIVOTS
 
John Huston stayed home from the Bank of America Colonial and now has to qualify for the U.S. Open. He was No. 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking going into last week, and was bumped one spot when Trevor Immelman went from No. 61 to 38th after the Volvo PGA Championship. Others who have to qualify: Stewart Cink, Tom Lehman, Mark Calcavecchia and Chad Campbell, who dropped out of the top 10 on the PGA Tour money list.
Juli Inkster's victory in the LPGA Corning Classic marked the first back-to-back wins for Americans on the LPGA Tour since May 5, 2002.
Ten of the top 30 players on the PGA Tour money list are at least 40 years old.
While USA Network's television ratings of the first rounds at Colonial reached record levels, so did PGATOUR.COM -- more than 27 million page views and over 1 million uniques during a 24-hour period Thursday.
Players in the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking have won 18 of the 21 events this year on the PGA Tour.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
 
Kenny Perry at the Bank of America Colonial became the fourth player this year to win by at least six strokes. Only two players won by that many all of last year.
 
FINAL WORD
 
'Here we are in the middle of the NBA playoffs, and everybody is covering the Bank of America Colonial. Nothing wrong with that.' -- David Toms.
 

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