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Justin's New Guru (Again)

Justin Leonard continues to play musical swing instructors,
having set up a practice session with David Leadbetter at this
week's Western Open. Near the end of 2000 Leonard split from
Randy Smith, who had been his teacher since eight-year-old Justin
first showed up at Dallas's Royal Oaks Country Club. Over the
last two-plus years Leonard, 31, rebuilt his swing under Butch
Harmon, producing a less handsy, more consistent action. But on
Harmon's watch Leonard has flopped at the majors, missing three
cuts and contending only once. That was at last year's PGA
Championship, where Leonard held a three-shot lead heading into
Sunday but blew up with a stunning 77, including a fatal block
into a water hazard at the par-3 8th hole. According to
Leadbetter, Leonard contacted him in hopes of peaking for the
British Open.

Annika Sorenstam teed it up with New Age author Deepak Chopra
during the ShopRite pro-am, and Chopra was so nervous that at one
point she told him, "Just relax and enjoy it." Hearing this,
Chopra laughed and replied, "That's what I've been teaching
people for years."

Bruce Edwards's battle with Lou Gehrig's disease has become such
a compelling story that it was inevitable someone would write a
book about it. Author John Feinstein couldn't say no when
Edwards, Tom Watson's longtime caddie, approached him at the
Masters about a collaboration. "It's a love story," says
Feinstein. "It's about Bruce's love of the caddie life, his
romance with [wife] Marsha, and of course his relationship with
Tom, which is also a kind of love story." The tentatively titled
A Caddie's Life is expected in time for the 2004 Masters.

Callaway Golf has agreed in principle to acquire Top-Flite Golf
for $125 million. The key to the deal is Top-Flite's low-cost
ball manufacturing system, which will allow Callaway, number two
in the ball market, to better compete with industry leader


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