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The fairways, lined by tall pines, are forgivingly broad and free of rough, but the sloped, undulating greens are flanked by hazards and mowed to a treacherous marble smoothness. With its demanding angles of approach, its premium on shotmaking, the course is best suited to those who hit a long, high ball - the former champion Seve Ballesteros, for example, perennial contender Greg Norman or Jack Nicklaus in his prime. Strange, whose game is not particularly long, agrees.

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Greg or Seve don't necessarily have to be at their best to win there, whereas I'd have to be very, very good. But I really don't think there's any place in the world where I can't play well and win. At the highest levels of achievement, the professional golfer is besieged by lucrative offers from every direction - paid appearances abroad, corporate outings, product en- Continued on Page 68 dorsements, etc. You have to take advantage of it. In January, as he re-tunes his game on the practice tee, he is passing up a chance for some portion of the A.


At the same time, however, a busy Japanese television crew is scuttling about his course-side home near Williamsburg, Va. Corporate interest in professional golf is rooted in the game's image as an executive sport, and it has lately been fueled by a recreational golf boom that saw a 50 percent increase in the number of nationwide hackers, from This has happened despite the absence from the tour of a leading star, a charismatic figure on the order of an Arnold Palmer, a Jack Nicklaus or a Lee Trevino.

And the golfing press has long complained that the current pack of touring pros is largely nondescript - a fabulously wealthy collection of indistinguishable names. By contrast, Arnold Palmer has needed all 70 of his career victories - including 10 on the Seniors tour - to earn the same amount. As architect of the current tour, Deane Beman, P. Terrific, yes, and that will happen again someday. But the problem is that there is so much talent, it's very difficult for some individual to rise above it all.

In the meantime, Beman cites Strange's back-to-back United States Open victories, a feat last accomplished by Ben Hogan in and Championship - is the yardstick by which golfing greatness is traditionally measured. And Strange, it's worth noting, accomplished not so much what Hogan did, but what Palmer, Nicklaus et al. All of this helps to explain the irony that Curtis Strange can now earn more for playing less.

Over the years, sporting-goods companies have eagerly stood in line to have golfers represent their products. Now, in the boom time of a sport without the marquee personality of a Michael Jordan or Bo Jackson, they find themselves sharing a golfer's billboard space with nongolfing products whose companies place a high premium on visibility. Strange may have a multiyear, multimillion-dollar deal to play MacGregor golf clubs, for instance, but his golf bag is curiously beholden to the Hertz Corporation. The spokesman explains that Strange ''symbolizes many of the qualities that we've always associated with our watch - excellence, dedication, achievement.

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Jim Phillips, president of Skytel, a Jackson, Miss. We've got the next Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus. There's no personality problem, he continues, it's simply that there hasn't arisen any equal to Nicklaus, who won a total of 70 P. For much of his career, it appeared as if Curtis Strange would merely epitomize the successful tour golfer of his era, rather than aspire to any Nicklausian levels. Until he won his back-to-back United States Opens, Strange maintained the prototype image of a 's pro golfer, amassing a small fortune by winning a few tournaments and generally finishing in the top money.

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If anything set him apart from his colleagues, it was an almost maniacal intensity, and a volatile temper that once drew a public reprimand from Palmer. Strange's off-course persona is quietly genial, almost diametrically in contrast to the sullen intensity that enshrouds him on any given Sunday. But how, he'd like to know, should you behave when you're coming down the stretch for a million dollars? Indirectly, somebody may be saying we look too goody two-shoes sometimes, but that's the clean-cutness of our sport.

And that's why sponsors are lined up around the block. It's a clean game. As the son of a Virginia Beach golf professional, and with a twin brother for a playing partner, Strange was afforded the head start most duffers can only dream about. By the age of 9, he was spending almost every waking minute of every summer day on the golf course, his childhood that of a golfing Huckleberry Finn.

I worked the course, ran the golf carts, raked traps, hunted for golf balls and never ate lunch and never got tired. When Strange was 14, his father died of cancer. By that time, the brothers were engaged in fierce everyday competition, an experience Strange says was crucial to his later development as a professional.

View all New York Times newsletters. Allan Strange recalls that by age 13, his brother had already developed lofty goals. But he had more technicals on the basketball court than any ninth-grader I ever saw. He's learned the hard way to control his temper on the tour. I'd get so fired up, I'd have to go out and play before it was over. I never thought about doing it as a profession until I got to college and found out how good I was.

That revelation may have come in the final round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, when Strange, as a year-old freshman at Wake Forest University, played a hole that he still rates as his most memorable. At the 18th tee, facing a long, dogleg par-5, bordered by water on the left, he needed an eagle 3 to win the national championship Continued on Page 87 for his team and individual honors for himself. After his drive cut a perilous corner at the edge of the drink, he whistled a 1-iron some yards to eight feet from the cup, then holed out. But that 1-iron shot was the start of Curtis Strange.

After three years, Strange abandoned school to turn pro, a difficult transition after the great expectations nurtured by his much-heralded amateur record. But I was realistic; I saw how much work I needed - from driver to putter - how much I had to improve just to be able to contend. It was disappointing, but looking back, it's the best thing that ever happened to me, because it made me work harder.

Then again, I love to hit golf balls. It's my job, but it's also my hobby. Winning for the first time on tour offers both relief and a new status for the young professional. In addition to the financial windfall, he becomes exempt from qualifying for major tournaments. But most importantly, he discovers that he can contend with the pressure of tournament golf and prevail. Strange's breakthrough occurred at the Pensacola Open in Ballard's theories center on a coordination of movement that maximizes use of the big muscles of the upper body and legs, which, in turn, lead what Ballard says are the less reliable smaller muscles of the arms and hands.

I didn't realize the two were related. I was staying too much behind the ball, couldn't make solid contact, and was finishing in a 'reverse C. I told him it would take him five years to understand and build the perfect swing, and that's about the way it worked out. Because eliminating the arms and hands reduces swing speed, I don't hit the ball as far as I used to, but I hit it straighter more consistently - and I hit it far enough, anyway.

Other than by checking the money list, evaluating overall performance is a subtly complex undertaking. Payne Stewart, last year's second-place money earner, led the tour in scoring with an average Curtis Strange's average was But while he may not lead any statistical categories, those peers who rank him at the top do so from repeated exposure to his less tangible strengths: focus, determination, course management and play under pressure. A lot of guys play with emotion; players who are great play beyond emotion, and he's the best in the world right now.

But he'll find a way to keep improving; the great ones always do. The chips have always been excellent, for some maybe a little well done, but I really like their chips, fairly large, slightly crispy and golden on the outside but soft inside, perfect. The large fish are a good size, but the batter is a little too thick for my taste, I would prefer it a little thinner, but it is good all the same.

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