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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FROM THE MERCEDES CHAMPIONSHIPS FIELD
December 31, 1999
KAPALUA, Maui, Hawaii - On the eve of the season-opening Mercedes Championships (at Kapalua's Plantation Course Jan. 6-9), the winners from 1999 PGA TOUR share New Year's resolutions on career, family and a new century. Here are a few excerpts from some of the most talented golfers in the world:
Tiger Woods: "I think I'd be very happy if I just continue to build on the things I've been able to accomplish in my golf game in 1999."
Hal Sutton: "I just want to be able to enjoy my family especially in the wake of what's happened to Payne Stewart. Sometimes we take things for granted and we don't spend enough time with family. Life is short. We're just passing through is all we're doing. I'm going to take some more time for my family. I'm going to try to take a little more time away from the game to try to do some of the things for myself that I want to do."
Loren Roberts: "I'd like to have a win in two different millenniums. I think you start out every year wanting to win a tournament, but I'm going to be 45 so to do something in a major also would be nice. I'll try to do well in the U.S. Open especially, because it's at Pebble Beach, a course I really like. Be more fit (physically) and win. That's all anyone could ask for."
Brent Geiberger: "My goal is to play in more big tournaments like the Tour Championship and Mercedes Championships. You do that and you're OK. I'm still trying to progress every year and I want to get more top five finishes and get more experience contending. The more experience I get the better I'll get and then I'll start to win these type of tournaments."
Ted Tryba: "Win as early as possible."
J.L. Lewis: "I want to win four PGA Tour events and one major."
Stuart Appleby: "I'd like to make 2000 my year, so I'd like to, say, win two tournaments and a major. Win my first major in 2000. The first Australian to win the Masters would be good. But beggars can't be choosers so winning any major would be a nice start to the century."
Rich Beem: "I want to play more consistently and to finish in the top 50 (ideally the top 40)."
Jeff Maggert: "I'm going to work on my game and physical condition. I've gotten a little lazy on that and I'm going to make sure I work a little harder. I expect next year will be good and I'm confident it will be."
Tim Herron: "One thing I'd like to do differently next year is to work more on my short game, if anything. I have to promise myself I'll do that and that will make me a better player."
Brad Faxon: "I'm going to make sure I stay off ladders and ski slopes," said Faxon, whose '99 season was abbreviated due to an injury at home.
Jim Furyk: "I still have some time to think about it. I'll think of something on the 30th or 31st (of December). I don't want to be too hasty."
Steve Elkington: "I haven't really given it much thought. I don't want to pin myself down. A millennium is a long time and all."
Rocco Mediate: "I'd like to spend more time in the winner's circle and with my family."
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