GOLF: THE SOUND OF MONEY

TIGER WOODS DROPS OUT OF COLLEGE TO BECOME A MULTIMILLIONAIRE--AND THE TOUR'S BEST NEW GOLFER

The experts say Eldrick ("Tiger") Woods strikes a golf ball so hard that the sound it makes in flight is unique--a kind of whining swoosh, occasionally accompanied by the crack of a club head caving in. The balls that emit this signature sound routinely travel farther than those of any other tournament player.

Certainly the swooshing sound made last week when Woods, 20, a junior at Stanford, decided to join the pros was unlike that made by any other young player joining the tour. That sound was money, most of it from the Nike Corp., fluttering down on the young phenom,...

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