Sunday October 30, 1988 The Palm Beach Post
Bush-Quayle pick of most on Tour to lead America LAKE BUENA VISTA - It should come as no surprise that 93 percent of the 53 PGA Tour players polled by Golf Digest said they would vote for the Republican ticket of George Bush and Dan Quayle in the upcoming Presidential election. Bush and Quayle both golf, but that Is not why the Tour has made them their favorites. The "swing vote" for the GOP is an indication of how good these financial times are on the PGA Tour. Economists are predicting tough economic times especially for the upper and upper-middle class if Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis is elected. "If I had five votes, I'd cast them for Bush," said Jack Nick-laus, the North Palm Beach millionaire and chief executive officer of Golden Bear International. When informed that he gets only one vote, Nicklaus told Golf Digest, "Yeah, but I've got five kids, and four of them can vote." "I think things have been going pretty well for us lately, so I'd vote Republican," said Curtis Strange, who has made $3 million on the PGA Tour in the Ronald Reagan years. "I don't want to see too many changes." Paul Azinger, who won more than $1 million in 1987-1988 on Tour, said he would vote "1,000 times for Bush if he could." Nicklaus, Strange and Azinger are in the upper class. From the middle class is Brian Tennyson, who is 101st on the money list with $108,082 this year. Tennyson, who has a home in Melbourne, played the first two rounds of the Walt Disney Classic with Bush-Quayle bumper stickers prominently displayed on his golf bag. The prevalent feeling is that the purses have only gotten better in the 1980s, and that is a reflection of the rise in corporate sponsorship on the PGA Tour. A Dukakis victory might result in a golf market crash. "If Dukakis gets in," said Scott Hoch, "our tour is in trouble." Fuzzy Zoeller unceremoniously found out he wasn't in this year's Skins Game (Nov. 26-27) when he read it in USA Today. He said that was OK, even if he did win $695,000 in 1985-86-87. What Zoeller didn't say is that it's curious he wasn't invited back. This year's field is Nicklaus, defending champion Lee Trevino, plus two new entries: Strange and Ryder Cup captain Raymond Floyd. Many people are wondering how Floyd got in. But a better question regards Arnold Palmer. This is the first time Palmer has not appeared in a Skins Game. As for Zoeller, maybe the irreverent wise cracks rubbed some people the wrong way. Maybe it was because he hasn't won on Tour since 1986. Maybe it was just time for a change. "This is the first Thanksgiving I've been home in three years," Zoeller said this week at the Disney Classic. "The Skins Game has been awfully good to me. It's time for me to step aside. Let some other players get a piece of the pie. Besides, my wife has had three Tim Rosaforte GOLF years off. I'd like to see if she can still cook a turkey. Goodness knows, she's married to one." Zoeller is spending more time in the golf course design business. It's statements like this that partially explain how being outspoken and witty can get you in disfavor with the power brokers that be: "I jee what a messed-up job Jack Nicklaus) and Pete Dye are doing building courses), so I figure ... I may as well put my hand in there," he said. Ken Green found out this week he was fined $250 for giving an obscene gesture to his golf ball on his way to winning the Canadian Open. Green wasn't angry, since the money goes to the Junior Golf Foundation. "I'm trying to cut back on my swearing on the golf course," he said. "I would have been better saying something instead." Life with father: Since Ellen Green gave birth to son Hunter four weeks ago, the Greens haven't been getting much sleep. Asked how much shuteye he's been getting, Ken replied "Jacksquat." Jacksquat is another way of saying zip. "He's fine during the day," Green said. "He's up at night every hour." Green has offered to relieve his wife during the midnight hours. "The only problem is, she has decided to breast-feed," Green said. "That lets me off the hook. I told her before he was born, that if she decided to bottle-feed, we'd trade out on getting up during the night. But I can't help her much now." At one point during Green's Thursday round of 64, Hunter let out a scream in the middle of daddy's backswing and Ken launched his tee ball into a palm tree. "Amazing how I can recognize that cry," Green said. Green and Mark Calcavecchia have committed to play in the Chrysler Teach Championship at Palm Beach Polo (Dec. 8-11). Some of the other teams are defending champions Bob Tway and Mike Hnlbert and Palm Beach Polo and Country Club touring pro Fred Couples with Mike Donald. In 1987, Couples and Donald finished second when they birdied eight of their last nine holes. Some other headline teams: Joey Sindelar-Davis Love III, Azinger-Andy Bean, and Bob Lohr-Chris Perry.