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Heard on the Range


Lon Hinkle is thinking of going where Harry Toscano has gone
before. Hinkle, a 54-year-old, three-time PGA Tour winner, met with
lawyer Leonard Decof last Saturday to discuss the possibility of
suing the Champions tour over its eligibility requirements. Hinkle,
who has no status on the Champions tour after missing the cut at
2003 Q school, has essentially the same complaints as Toscano, who
lost a similar suit in '01: Too much emphasis is placed on lifetime
earnings and the Champions tour alltime money lists, allowing
noncompetitive older players to take too many spots in the 78-man
fields. Hinkle wants the tour to increase field size, institute a
36-hole cut and add more spots for Q schoolers and Monday
qualifiers. "It's not the exhibition tour that it used to be," says
Hinkle.... After more than 11 years together Tom Lehman and caddie
Andy Martinez have parted ways. Like most breakups this one was
awkward, with Lehman giving his unsuspecting looper the heave in
the parking lot at Riviera after the Nissan Open. But there were no
hard feelings, and Lehman even put Martinez onto his next gig,
hauling for promising young Aussie Aaron Baddeley. "I still believe
in Tom Lehman as both a person and a golfer," says Martinez....
Proving he can be a nice guy too, Davis Love III donated his
$700,000 second-place check from the Accenture Match Play to St.
Simons Presbyterian Church on St. Simons Island, Ga.... A top swing
instructor on the PGA Tour says one of his players had a driver
fail the USGA test for COR. The club started legal, but because the
player uses hard balls and hits so many of them, the driver's face
eventually became more elastic, just exceeding the standard.
--J.G., Farrell Evans

COLOR PHOTO: EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES (LEHMAN) GOODBYE GUYS After 11 years Lehman and Martinez have split.