Saturday, December 20
Price wants full commitment


ATLANTA -- Nick Price won't be satisfied if Tiger Woods shows up at the Presidents Cup in South Africa next year unless the rest of the top Americans join him.

Nick Price
Price

Global golf has taken a beating over the last couple of years, dating to the 1998 Presidents Cup in Melbourne in early December, when some Americans complained about having to travel so far around the holidays.

Several players skipped the Match Play Championship in Australia last year. Others skipped the American Express Championship when it was in Spain.

The Presidents Cup will be in South Africa next November, and already there is speculation that not everyone who qualifies will make the trip.

''I hope the top players do go,'' Price said. ''If they only realize what good they're doing by going there, not only golf in South Africa, but the juniors that come watch. It's going to be a big deal.''

The Presidents Cup was patterned after the Ryder Cup, a match-play event featuring the United States against players from everywhere in the world except Europe.

The International team handed the Americans their worst loss in team play in 1998 at Royal Melbourne, 20-11. The United States won in 2000 at the Robert Trent Jones Club in Virginia by claiming 21 of the 32 points.

Woods has not said whether he will play in the Presidents Cup, although he has not said anything that indicates he will skip it.

What if Woods played, but not all 10 of the players who qualify?

''No,'' Price said. ''They've got to be the best team. It's not anyone's duty to do that. They don't have to. If they realize how much good they're doing for golf. ... It's only one week out of their lives.''

Howell falling short
Charles Howell III has been working out almost as long as he's been playing golf and eating whatever he likes.

He still can't seem to add any weight to his 153-pound frame.

''I've tried everything I can do to gain weight,'' Howell said. ''I eat all the time. I drink very high-calorie milkshakes right before I go to bed and sleep on them with absolutely no physical activity after they have been consumed. That doesn't work.''

Howell said he even has made milkshakes and left them by his bed in case he wakes up in the middle of the night.

''It's hopeless,'' he said.

Someone suggested he drink more beer.

Howell had never tasted alcohol until winning the Michelob Championship. The tradition at Michelob is for the winner to drink one of the sponsor's beers. Howell felt he had no choice, took one swig and figured he had enough.

Montgomerie switching to Hogan equipment
Colin Montgomerie made news Friday without even playing.

The seven-time winner of the Order of Merit announced he was changing equipment from Callaway Golf to the Ben Hogan Co.

Montgomerie has been with Callaway since 1995.

He began using the new four-piece Hogan Apex Tour golf ball while playing with Bernhard Langer during the Ryder Cup. Monty used the Hogan ball even during his singles match, and went shopping around for a better deal.

''He came to us after he won two consecutive Orders of Merit, and he proceeded to win five more in a row,'' Callaway spokesman Larry Dorman said. ''We think we had a very good relationship, a productive partnership, and we hope he feels the same way.''

Terms of the Hogan contract were not disclosed, although it was believed Montgomerie was earning at least $1 million a year with Callaway.

Under his Hogan deal, he will play the golf ball and the Apex irons.

''The Ben Hogan golf balls and irons have a great reputation, so I am very much looking forward to teeing up with them in the new year,'' he said.

Notes
Temperatures are expected to continue dropping through the weekend, with highs forecast for 59 Saturday and 56 Sunday. Tee times have been moved up two hours Saturday (9:15 a.m. ET to 11:20 a.m.) for television, leading to possible frost delays. ... No one has shot better than 65 or worse than 74 through the first two rounds. ... PGA Tour officials were marking several areas of the fairway as ground under repair late Friday evening, an indication they will try to get away from the lift, clean and place rule that has been in effect the first two days.









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