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Heard on the Range

Michelle Wie has accepted a special exemption from qualifying for
the 2004 U.S. Women's Open.... Garth McGimpsey, the captain of
Great Britain and Ireland's Walker Cup team, was arrested on May
13 by customs officers after $120,000 worth of cocaine was
delivered to his home in Bangor, North Ireland. The 48-year-old
former British Amateur champion, who is due to lead GB&I's
defense of the Walker Cup in 2005 at the Chicago Golf Club, was
released on bail pending an investigation.... A judge in Ireland
ruled that the Portmarnock Golf Club outside Dublin, host of the
Irish Open, must admit female members or it will lose its liquor
license for a week. The club has appealed.... On May 20 the five
major women's pro golf associations announced plans for a world
ranking similar to the men's beginning in 2005.... The Old Course
at St. Andrews will host the 2007 Weetabix Women's British
Open.... Dick Tiddy, a Wake Forest teammate of Arnold Palmer's
and the longtime head pro at Bay Hill, died on May 17 after
extended diabetes-related health problems. He was 74.... After
the second round of the Colonial, Robert Gamez addressed rumors
that he had snapped his clubs in anger during the previous week's
Byron Nelson. Said Gamez, "I didn't snap them over a chair in my
room; I bent them slightly. I snapped." ... Sales at Colonial's
pro shop were down 30% from last year, when Annika Sorenstam was
in the field.... Following this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic,
the TPC at Southwind will undergo a complete renovation,
including an all-new clubhouse, rebuilt greens featuring dwarf
bermuda grass, numerous new bunkers and trees to narrow the
fairways and landing areas, and three new tees that will make the
course about 150 yards longer. --J.G., Farrell Evans

COLOR PHOTO: ROBERT BECK (ST. ANDREWS) OPEN DOOR The '07 Women's British is set for St. Andrews.