The aim, PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman said, in the Tournament Players Championship at the Players Club at Sawgrass "is to identify the best golfer in the world." And in a couple of months, the same course will be the testing ground to "determine the worst (healthy, male, age 25-55) golfer in the world," Beman said.
"Golf's Longest Day" is a magazine promotion to determine the No. 1 hacker in the country. This year's 18-hole round June 19 will bring together two finalists selected from more than 500 nominations. Among the nominees:
* Michael Bush of Belle Chasse, La., who, playing in an amateur tournament, failed to drive as far as the ladies' tee on 14 of 18 holes.
* Jerry Ryan, Bohemia, N.Y., a 76-handicapper.
* Nick Telezyn of Terre Haute, Ind., who once shot precisely 100 over par without losing a ball. He did lose a club.
* Ray Walker of Lake City, Fla., who has had some experience on the TPC course and the island green of the 17th hole. "He emptied his bag of balls, emptied the bags of the three men he was playing with, emptied a shag bag," a spokesman said. He put 327 consecutive balls in the water and was hitting his 655th shot when he gave up and took an X.