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This Week

June 24-30

Motorola Western Open, Cog Hill Golf and Country Club (below),
Lemont, Ill.
Born in 1899, the Western predates every other tournament but
the British and U.S. Opens

ShopRite LPGA Classic, Marriott Seaview Resort, Atlantic City
The top 45 women on the money list will tee it up at first-year
venue Seaview

Cadillac NFL Classic, Upper Montclair Country Club, Clifton, N.J.
Brett Favre, Jerry Rice and other gridiron golfers strut their
stuff with the Seniors

Peugeot Open de France, National Golf Club, Paris
Even a repeat win by Retief Goosen wouldn't ruffle many feathers
in soccer-mad Paris

PGA Tour
Young Guns Shoot It Out in Western

Don't be fooled by the staid old Western Open, which turns 99
this week. Or by its roster of golden-age winners, including Ben
Hogan, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead. Behold a new wrinkle at the
7,073-yard, par-72 Dubsdread Course: youth. Last summer
21-year-old Tiger Woods cruised past Frank Nobilo by three shots
to win the Western. A few weeks later Matt Kuchar, 19, won the
U.S. Amateur on the same course. This year's Western pits Woods
against twentysomething challengers David Duval, Ernie Els,
Justin Leonard and Lee Westwood, and to a couple of veterans
named Janzen and Stewart. Cog Hill also plays host to the Wee
Western, an innovative day-care program for players' children.

Miss Congeniality Defends Her Crown

Michelle McGann, who won the 1997 ShopRite Classic, has advice
for her competition: Try to lookrite, too. McGann, who leads the
LPGA in hats but ranks only 46th on the money list, says, "I get
discouraged when other players don't put forth the effort to
dress well or take the time to put on some makeup." Perhaps
McGann will be encouraged to see the well-groomed Helen
Alfredsson, Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb among her rivals at
Atlantic City, but maybe someone should tell her that pro golf
isn't a beauty contest. For proof, check the careers of Laura
Baugh and Craig Stadler.

Senior Tour
Geritol, Creatine, Balata and Pigskin

A year ago Bruce Crampton was cryogenically thawed and handed a
driver to use as a cane before he hobbled out and won the
Cadillac NFL Classic. Or so the record book suggests, since the
61-year-old Aussie was the third-oldest victor in Senior
history. To win again he must outhobble Larry Nelson and Lee
Trevino. A closer battle may be the one between young Buc Trent
Dilfer, the 26-year-old Tampa Bay quarterback, and kicker Al Del
Greco, whom Dilfer booted from his throne as king of golfing
grid stars in the footballers' portion of last year's Classic.

COLOR PHOTO: MIKE KLEMME/GOLFOTO [Golf course at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club]