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Heard on the Range


Is it another case of life imitating Showtime? On The L-Word, the
cable network's new series about a group of lesbians in L.A., one
character, a professional tennis player, came out of the closet
as a result of an endorsement deal. Now 13-time LPGA tour winner
Rosie Jones has come out because of her endorsement deal with
Olivia, a travel company that caters to homosexuals. The
44-year-old Jones, who revealed her sexual orientation to her
family when she was 19, let the rest of the world know in a
first-person piece in Sunday's New York Times, concluding with
the words, "Fine, I'm gay. Now let's go play golf." ... Paul
Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion, has become the first
client of Nick Faldo's management group, Faldo Enterprises. The
35-year-old Scot could use some help. His staff bag is devoid of
sponsors.... At least a few Asian tour players are questioning
what motivated Augusta to grant a special invitation to Lian-wei
Zhang, making him the first golfer from mainland China to play in
the event, because it wasn't strictly merit. Though Zhang won
last year's Singapore Masters and the China Open, Thailand's
Thongchai Jaidee made it to the final stage of the PGA Tour's Q
school in 2003 and has won twice in Asia so far this year. "If
you looked at the individual merits of both Zhang and Jaidee,
Thongchai should get the invite," said fellow Asian tour member
Jyoti Randhawa of India. "But then Thongchai is from Thailand and
Zhang is from a superpower." ... Jack Nicklaus on the increased
length at Augusta: "It was always a power course, but it's even
more of a power course now. If they'd have done this when I was
playing, I might have won two or three more times." --J.G.,
Farrell Evans

COLOR PHOTO: TAMI CHAPPELL/REUTERS (JONES) ALL OUT Jones now represents a gay and lesbian travel company.