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DO THE MATH: The 17th hole and its island green at the TPC-Sawgrass Stadium course in Ponte Vedra Beach is one of the most famous in the world. Golfers can't wait to get to the hole and deposit golf ball after golf ball into the water. PGA Tour players knock in their share during the Players Championship, but the rest of the year, when resort guests get their run of the place, becomes almost comical. The course has an estimated 40,000 rounds per year, yet more than 120,000 balls are pulled annually from the lake surrounding the 17th.

COUNTRY CROONER: In his spare time recently, John Daly finished an album called This is My Life, which he recorded with Johnny Lee Hooker, Hootie and the Blowfish and country singer Darren Norwood. Daly wrote two songs and sang on three. One is titled All My Exes Wear Rolexes. Daly is now married for the fourth time. "My ex-wives probably won't like it much, but it doesn't mention their names, anyway," he said. The album is scheduled to be released in April.

NO WEAKNESSES: Even after taking the golf world by storm in winning the 1997 Masters by 12 strokes, Tiger Woods did not impress Tom Kite to the point of his current greatness, which now includes 30 PGA Tour victories and six major championships. In fact, Kite is amazed by how much Woods has improved. "When I was the Ryder Cup captain in '97, Tiger had no wedge game," Kite said. "He was lucky to hit a green with a wedge at Valderrama. Looking at him five years ago and now, it's a deadly different deal."

ALL HEART: The Golf Channel fitted Jason Bohn with a heart monitor Sunday during the final round of the Texas Challenge, a Canadian Tour event the network covered. And it yielded some interesting results as viewers got to see in real time the fluctuations of Bohn's heart rate. Bohn, who shot 63 to tie for second and set a Canadian Tour record with eight consecutive birdies during the round, maxed out at 151 beats per minute while hitting his approach shot to the 18th hole. At rest, his heart rate was 70 beats per minute. Bohn had the device attached to his belt, which had wires running to his chest.

_ Compiled by Bob Harig.

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