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Heard on the Range


The experiment failed. When Congressional Country Club hosted the
1997 U.S. Open, it was the first time since 1909 that an Open
ended on a par-3. Since then the course has been lengthened some
40 yards, and in hopes of getting another Open, the club will
make the 190-yard 18th the 10th hole while the backbreaking,
466-yard 17th will become the finishing hole.... On March 6,
David Duval will marry Susan Persichitte, an interior designer
from Denver, at his beach house near Jacksonville. Childless,
Duval will inherit three kids (ages 7, 10 and 13) from
Persichitte's previous marriage.... It wasn't booze or women that
knocked John Daly from the leader board at the Chrysler Classic
in Tucson. It was whoever swiped his ball after a 335-yard drive
on the 18th hole during the second round. The drive, which easily
covered the 290-yard carry over a pond, was ruled a lost ball,
and Daly made a double-bogey 6. "Someone got a nice souvenir,"
Peter Van Derriet, Daly's caddie, told the Arizona Republic....
Augusta National has added 36 pines, all of them 15-feet high,
along the right side of the fairway on the 490-yard 11th hole,
forcing players to stay left off the tee and then hit mid-to
long-irons to a green protected by a pond on the front left and
Rae's Creek behind. Amen.... Talk about long drivers, the Prince
of Tucson RV Park hosted several player-owned motor homes last
week, including those of Jay Don Blake, Deane Pappas and Dennis
Paulson. A full tank of gas in Pappas's $340,000, 40-foot Holiday
Rambler Navigator requires 140 gallons of diesel fuel, but it
still "beats a hotel and plane," says the 36-year-old South
African, who hires a professional driver for trips longer than
eight hours. --J.G., Farrell Evans

COLOR PHOTO: STEVEN SENNE/AP (DUVAL) TOUR WIFE Duval met his fiancee during the International.