Sergio's plan is to join Spain's track-and-field squad and enter three field events—high jump, long jump, and triple jump, once known as the hop, step and jump. The Spaniard has been known to high jump in the neighborhood of seven feet after sinking a 50-foot birdie putt. He has long-jumped more than 26 feet. This was after he hit a 200-yard 5-iron to within a foot of the cup.
Also, as most golf fans know, Sergio triple-jumped well over 65 feet at Medinah in '99 after he pulled off his famous "tree trunk shot."
SAM SNEAD MAY SUE USGA
Friends close to Sam Snead say he is considering a lawsuit against the USGA because he did not have the use of a golf cart when he lost six U.S. Opens. "I suffered a lot of debilitating mental anguish when I lost my first Open, and it just got worse," Snead told The Star Intruder today.
He continued, "If I'd had me a golf cart like the Supreme Court gave old Casey Martin, I could have driven around and seen what scores I needed to shoot and I would have won every time. My mental anguish swoll up and got more debilitating each time I lost the Open. I believe I'll try this out on the Supreme Court and see if it fits anybody."
PUTTER ATTACKS TOUR GOLFER
Rocco Mediate, one of the few PGA Tour players who uses the long putter, suffered minor injuries recently when his trusty greens weapon turned into what one spectator in the gallery described as "some kind of science-fiction monster."
Mediate and the long putter apparently got into a tussle after the golfer four-putted a green from only 20 feet. Mediate said,"I had to fight back. The shaft started to wobble. The grip grew a jagged point on the end. It stabbed me in the chest. And the putterhead swung back and forth and banged into my ankle. I have bruises."
Rocco admitted he spoke sarcastically to the long putter, which may have instigated the tussle. Among other things, he asked the putter if it wanted to go back to the humdrum life of a vaulting pole or a fishing rod.
HOGAN ALIVE IN ARGENTINA?
Although he has a slight German accent, a man who bears a striking resemblance to Ben Hogan is alive and living on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, The Globe Spy has discovered. While the man admits that he does have several secrets, he strongly denies that he is Ben Hogan.
"I am sick, sick, sick of this," the man told this newspaper. "I don't care who I look like! You have hounded me enough! Do you understand? You must leave me alone! If you want to know the truth, I will tell you. My real name is Field Marshall Erich von Manstein of the Third Reich! ... I mean ... "