June 25, 2007

A quiz from a year to remember

It was a dark and stormy night, and out of the mist came the haunting cry of Golf Quiz VIII:

1. What player arose from the dead to win a European tour event in 2001?

(a) Al Espinosa.

(b) Johnny Farrell.

(c) Macdonald Smith.

(d) John Daly.

2. When David Toms played safe and laid up to beat Phil Mickelson in the PGA, it was the greatest lay-up shot since ...

(a) Payne Stewart laid up to beat Phil Mickelson in the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

(b) Ben Hogan laid up to beat Skee Riegel and Phil Mickelson in the 1951 Masters.

(c) Dave Marr laid up to beat Jack Nicklaus, Billy Casper and Phil Mickelson in the 1965 PGA at Laurel Valley.

3. If Davis Love III, Tommy Armour III, and Charles Howell III ever get paired together...

(a) They will all be offered parts in a remake of "I, Claudius."

(b) Davis will shoot a blazing Sixty IV.

4. After a 12-year-old Florida girl named Morgan Pressel qualified for the U.S. Women's Open ...

(a) IMG signed her.

(b) Cheerios became the official cereal of the LPGA Tour.

5. After an 82-year-old woman named Evelyn Tucci, a 32-handicapper, made two aces in one round ...

(a) IMG considered signing her.

(b) Arthritis became the official inflammation of the LPGA Tour.

6. The putting exhibition on the last hole of the U.S. Open by Retief Goosen, Stewart Cink and Mark Brooks was the best comedy act since ...

(a) The Marx Brothers in "Duck Soup."

(b) Peter Sellers in "Dr. Strangelove."

(c) Any episode of "The Larry Sanders Show."

7. Pierre Fulke and Niclas Fasth are ...

(a) The two novels you skipped reading in your Continental Lit class.

(b) The fun-guy nouvelle chefs who invented roasted trunk of diver scallop with blue-fig mousse.

(c) A couple of guys who have no idea how to spell their last names.

8. Future U.S. Open courses will be chosen for ...

(a) Charm and history.

(b) Beauty and challenge.

(c) Space for 7,000 corporate hospitality tents.

9. When golf applied to be a part of the 2008 Beijing Olympics ...

(a) The American pros asked how much they'd be paid.

(b) The European pros asked how much they'd be paid.

(c) The International Olympic Committee asked what was in it for them.

__ 10. The highlight of John Daly's year was:__

(a) Winning again.

(b) Getting married again.

(c) Finding the Fudgecicles in the back of the freezer.