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Heard on the Range

May Wood, a 20-year-old sophomore at Vanderbilt who can go yard
for yard with Michelle Wie, might skip her final two years of
college and turn pro after the May 18-21 NCAAs. The 6'2"
Chattanooga native and 2004 SEC champ averages 290 yards off the
tee and has hit a 360-yard drive in competition.... His recent
induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame hasn't made Tom Kite
more tolerant of the casual fan. As an angry Kite walked off the
18th green at the FedEx Kinko's Classic in Austin after shooting
a one-over 73 last Saturday, a young boy called out, "Mr. Watson,
Mr. Watson!" Kite wheeled on him and shouted, "Watson! Watson!"
and then gave the boy a long stare before storming off.... Darren
Clarke and Lee Westwood butted heads over the European tour's new
requirement that European Ryder Cup qualifiers play a minimum of
11 events on that tour per season. "Last I checked, the Ryder Cup
was between Europeans and Americans, not the European tour and
the PGA Tour," said Westwood. Replied Clarke, "But [players] do
need to exhibit a commitment to the European tour." Earlier in
the week Jesper Parnevik of Sweden and England's Luke Donald
disqualified themselves from the selection process because of the
requirement.... Tournament director Kym Hougham started early in
his efforts to woo the top players to the Wachovia: He placed a
bottle of Dom Perignon in every player's locker at the
season-opening Mercedes Championships. Twenty of the top 30 and
five of the top six players showed up at Quail Hollow.... At the
FedEx Kinko's, 1981 British Open champ Bill Rogers jumped into
the political fray, displaying a large w '04 logo on his bag.
--J.G., Farrell Evans

COLOR PHOTO: JONATHAN FERREY/GETTY IMAGES (KITE) HALL OF SHAME In Austin, Kite gave a confused kid an icy stare.