Walt Disney World Classic, Magnolia and Palm courses, Lake Buena
The last full field of 1998 battles over a $2 million purse, with
$360,000 for the winner
EMC Kaanapali Classic, Kaanapali Golf Course, Lahaina Maui,
The oldsters play for $1 million, plus spots in their tour
championship and on the '99 exempt list
Samsung World Championship, Tierra Del Sol Golf Course, The
Se Ri Pak, Annika Sorenstam and '97 champ Juli Inkster lead an
elite field of 16
Tour Championship, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Crossings
Course), Semmes, Ala.
Minor leaguers who make the top 15 on the money list earn
automatic passes to the big Tour
CHAMPAGNE DREAMS FOR THE BUBBLE BOYS
The top 30 money winners after the Walt Disney World Classic
will get invited to next week's lucrative Tour Championship. The
top 125 after the Disney will be fully exempt on Tour in 1999.
That leaves bubble boys Andrew Magee (30th in earnings with
$890,702) and Dave Stockton Jr. (125th with $218,934) hoping
they don't finish the weekend feeling like Billy Andrade and Tom
Pernice. Last year Pernice finished 126th on the money list,
falling short of his exemption by $6,261, while No. 31 Andrade
missed qualifying for the Tour Championship by exactly five bucks.
GOLF CHANNEL, SAT., 3:30 PM; SUN., 1 PM
FLATBELLY FLEISHER'S HAWAII 5-0
Bruce Fleisher makes his Senior debut at the Kaanapali Classic
after turning 50 on Oct. 16, but Fleisher hasn't exactly been
cooling his heels lately. Last December he became the oldest
player to earn his PGA Tour card at Q school, in which he
finished 11th. He has earned $201,086 on what Senior players
call the Diaper Tour in '98. The youngest senior will get plenty
of competition this week from defending champ Hale Irwin
(above), Hugh Baiocchi, Jim Colbert and Bruce Summerhays.
Another title for Irwin would give him seven for the year and
add $150,000 to his '98 earnings of $2,499,420, already a record
for any tour.
ESPN, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 5 PM
MARTIN NEEDS TO GET IN GEAR
Going into last year's Nike Tour Championship, Steve Flesch
stood 24th on the money list. His $54,000 winner's check vaulted
him to fourth in the final rankings and earned him a trip to the
PGA Tour, on which he'll probably be named '98 rookie of the
year. Fleschly fantasies are the rage this week on golf's
second-tier tour, where all eyes will focus on Casey Martin, who
is 27th on the money list and probably needs a victory to crack
the top 15 and win a trip to the Show next year.
ESPN, SUNDAY, 3 PM
COLOR PHOTO: JIM GUND [Hale Irwin playing golf]