Braxton Marquez, a senior on the Arizona State golf team, didn't make the travel squad for the Sun Devils' last event, but he did qualify for the Phoenix Open, make the cut on the number and finished at 287, good for 78th place. Take that coach.
Best T-shirt at TPC Scottsdale: RICH BEEM VS. JIM BEAM. WHO WINS? Well, Rich Beem did pretty well, taking 274 shots to finish 14th, but people were giving Jim Beam shots all over the course.
Daniel Chopra withdrew from the Phoenix Open when his wife, Samantha, went into labor. She gave birth to twins on Feb. 24, a boy and a girl named Casper and Coco. The Chopras get a C in name giving and an A in alliteration.
Ai Miyazato' s victory at the HSBC Champions made her the fifth LPGA player to win back-to-back season-opening events and the first since Marilyn Smith in 1966.
Juli Inkster started the final round of the HSBC tied for the lead with Miyazato, but the 49-year-old Inkster's bid to become the oldest LPGA winner (currently Beth Daniel, 46 years, eight months) evaporated when she shot a 74 to tie for ninth.
Gatorade ended its sponsorship deal with Tiger Woods. Perhaps they worried that Gatorade Tiger was leaving a bad taste in people's mouths.
Greg Rita, who caddied for Curtis Strange during his back-to-back U.S. Open wins in '88 and '89 and for John Daly' s British Open win in '95, died of brain cancer on Feb. 27. It was his 54th birthday.
This is the first year since 1993 that neither Woods nor Phil Mickelson won on the West Coast Swing.