November 18, 1997 |
It took a late bogey to get Tiger Woods started at the MasterCard PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Poipu, Hawaii. Yes, a bogey. The Masters champion, showing no ill-effects of a slight cold and a long flight from Japan, watched as his second shot at the 384-yard 13th hole at Kauai's Poipu Bay Resort rolled backward off the green and into the water Monday. That made him all the more determined in the first round of the 36-hole tournament reserved for winners of the four majors.
February 2, 1997 |
The first time I saw Bobby Unser, he was hanging on the wall in Turn 2 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He had driven a whole lap and a quarter before he totaled his 750-horsepower Novi. It was a familiar position for Unser. He had crashed twice in practice that week. "Bobby's in too great a hurry to wait for the car," a colleague, Bob Collins, explained. Unser had always gone through life at Mach 1. He was a rookie that year.
December 23, 1996 |
Forced to eat snow for nourishment and build a snow cave for shelter, auto racing great Bobby Unser and a friend fought for survival for two nights in rugged mountains after their snowmobiles broke down. "It was very frightening," Unser, a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, told KOAT-TV of Albuquerque on Sunday morning before unplugging his bedroom phone and going to sleep. Unser, 63, and Robert Gayton, 36, withstood temperatures of zero to 10 above, with wind chills well below zero.
December 22, 1996 |
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser and another man were missing Saturday after embarking on what was supposed to be a day trip of snowmobiling, state police said at Chama, N.M. Unser, 63, and Robert Gaynor, 36, were to return Friday but failed to do so, said Sgt. Crystel Menesee of the state police post at Espanola. "The trail that they took runs from New Mexico into Colorado," Menesee said.
November 21, 1995 |
One of two bodies with gunshot wounds found dumped near a mountain residence was identified Monday as a nephew of auto racing greats Al Unser Sr. and Bobby Unser. The victims found Sunday were identified as Jeff Unser, 40, and Lee Noel Benjamin, 39, both of Albuquerque. "Apparently their bodies had been dumped there along with two overstuffed orange chairs," said Bernalillo County sheriff's spokeswoman Ronni Sparks. "We believe the chairs were connected [to the killings].
May 29, 1994 |
There is nothing tape-delayed about Bobby Unser. After 13 years of retirement from IndyCar racing, the 57-year-old Hall of Fame driver still enjoys a live show. His body may be confined to the broadcast booth for Sunday's 78th Indianapolis 500 on ABC, but his heart is strapped in behind the wheel and the accelerator is pressed to the floor. Unser and the network's sports department have mutual admiration for each other, especially on Memorial Day.