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PRESIDENTIAL UPDATE: This is the time of year when every shot means something because of the Cup.

Not the FedEx Cup, the Presidents Cup.

Mike Weir was in serious contention at the AT&T National until playing his final six holes in 5 over par, including a double bogey on the 18th. The Canadian wound up tied for eighth, but it cost him precious world ranking points, and he moved up only one spot to No. 18 in the International team standings.

The Presidents Cup, to be held Sept. 27-30 at Royal Montreal, figures to be a sellout, but having Canada's biggest golf star would give the matches an even bigger buzz. Weir at least showed progress while retooling his swing, and his next start at the British Open will offer the highest world ranking points.

Lucas Glover also struggled on the back nine. That kept him from breaking into the top 10 in U.S. standings, which are based on PGA Tour earnings. Steve Stricker was runner-up, earning enough to climb to No. 8. Stricker has not played in the Presidents Cup since 1996.


INJURY PRONE: Even though golfers are more fit these days, Jesper Parnevik believes the repetitive motion of the swing puts stress on the body and injuries will always be part of the game.

Then again, his injuries have always been a little outside the norm.

Earlier this year, Parnevik was in a hotel room when one of his children had a nightmare. He ran to check on her, fell on a suitcase and broke the middle finger on his right hand.

Then came a toe injury in May when he was on his boat in the Bahamas.

"I was docking and I had to run into the boat, and I ran very fast into a case of beer and broke my little toe on the left side," he said.

The lesson in all of this?

"Stay away from kids and alcohol and you're doing OK," he said.


DIVOTS: Jim Furyk was the only player to finish in the top 10 at the 1997 U.S. Open and the AT&T National, both held at Congressional. ... Scott Simmons has been named executive director of the Royal Canadian Golf Association, replacing Stephen Ross. "I am serious about making progressive steps for golf in Canada," Simmons said. ... Despite getting a title sponsor in the 11th hour and having only four months between tournaments because of the schedule change, the PODS Championship generated $1.2 million for charities in the Tampa Bay area. ... Ron Cross will take over as executive director of The Players Championship, replacing Brian Goin. ... Pete Bevacqua, managing director of the U.S. Open the last four years, has been named chief business officer for the USGA and will oversee its revenue-producing activities. ... The International Federation of PGA Tours meet at the British Open, and expect some acrimony between the European Tour and Asian Tour. Not long after Europe announced a new tournament in Korea, Asian Tour executive chairman Kyi Hla Han issued a statement claiming the European Tour "continues to proceed on its expansion program to colonize Asia." The European Tour previously announced a new event in India for next year.

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