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This Week

December 2-8

JCPenney Classic, Westin Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, Fla.
The long-driving duo of John Daly and Laura Davies keeps Penney
fans flipping

Million Dollar Challenge, Gary Player Country Club, Sun City,
South Africa
Tiger Woods is a 9-to-2 favorite in a 12-man field starring nine
of the world's top 15 players

Sorenstam Sleeps With Playing Partner

As marriage minefields go, this one's somewhere between politics
and Pictionary. David Esch is turning pro to team with his wife,
Annika Sorenstam, at the JCPenney Classic, an annual
mixed-doubles event. "I think it's a mistake," says Dottie
Pepper, speaking not as a marriage counselor but as an offended
competitor. "He's not a real pro." Maybe, but what's a
scratch-golfing husband to do? This year's Penney pairings were
a Sadie Hawkins affair. Laura Davies chose John Daly--they're
the blond boomers. Dale Eggeling tabbed Fuzzy Zoeller, who will
make his first appearance here since 1982. Sorenstam had asked
her previous Penney partner, Jesper Parnevik, to rejoin her this
year, but he had a previous commitment, so she asked hubby Esch
if he wanted the job. "I do," he said. The coosome twosome won't
lack intimate knowledge of each other's mood swings or
backswings, and their inexperience as a tournament team needn't
count against them. Clarence Rose and Amy Fruhwirth met for the
first time two days before last year's Penney Classic and went
on to win the tournament.

Million Dollar Challenge
Wanted: a New Batch of Price Tags

Is there a Nick Price headline that hasn't been written yet?
Beyond the ubiquitous Price Is Right, there's Paying the Price,
What Price Glory? and Price Goes Low. Sun City punsters may have
their work cut out for them when the Million Dollar Challenge
returns to South Africa this weekend. Zimbabwe's Price (above),
a two-time winner of the Challenge, will try to fend off the
likes of David Duval, Ernie Els, Mark O'Meara, Jesper Parnevik
(opting to play here instead of with Annika Sorenstam at the
JCPenney), Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods. Davis Love III, who
leads even Price as a subject of pun-loving headlines, is out
with a bad back, leaving Sun City Loveless if not Priceless.

COLOR PHOTO: ROBERT BECK [Nick Price during tournament]