Sport: Money Player

"I'm better under pressure than most," says Golfer Lloyd Mangrum, "because I'm a ham at heart. I'm also a gambler at heart, and I'll take a chance rather than play it safe. It's always better to be a winner." Mangrum was talking about golf's hottest current winning streak: five straight tournaments (in Australia and the U.S.) and close to $11,000 in prize money since November.

Looking like the gambler he claims to be—lean, tanned, well-tailored, and sporting a trim mustache—Mangrum has long played in the shadow of the Hogans, Sneads and Nelsons. Seldom winning...