Golf lessons with Tiger

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:17 AM ET

Golf pros like to use videos of Tour pros' swings to help their students.

So, picture this: An assistant pro by the name of Bill Van Orman is giving a lesson on the range at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y., last Saturday.

His student is taking her first golf lesson.

Early in the session, she asks: "Should I pick up my feet on my backswing?"

Van Orman told her to watch one of the players warming up behind her.

"Here, turn around and watch Tiger," said Van Orman.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who had both slipped into Winged Foot for a scouting mission, were warming up on the range (hitting off mats, by the way, as the turf is being saved for the tourney).

"I wasn't trying to be funny ... She must think this is how every lesson is," Van Orman told the Westchester Journal News.

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THE BUZZ: There's talk in Montreal that organizers of the Montreal Open, a Canadian Tour event, are trying hard to lure John Daly to the event. He probably can't get a release from the PGA Tour to play in the tournament because it conflicts with the Buick Open, but he might be on hand for the pro-am early in the week ... It'd be easy to say Wayne Gretzky gets what he wants, but the fact is he deserves to be back as the coach of the Phoenix Coyotes after his rookie season behind the bench. He did a pretty good job with that club ... Gloucester's Aaron Ward is a breath of fresh air. When the Hurricanes defenceman was asked to comment on the officiating, he said: "I know the sword of Damocles could fall on my head if I go there," said Ward. Guess he actually went to class when he attended the University of Michigan.

REVELATIONS: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said recently the league's new economic system is going to render meaningless the notion of large and small markets in the league. Really? Tell that to teams like the Senators that can't spend up to the cap ... At the beginning of last hockey season, Martin Laperriere (son of former NHL blueliner Jacques Laperriere) had a choice: Be an assistant coach in the "Q" with Quebec or Moncton. Martin followed his dad's advice and now he has a Memorial Cup championship. "He's a winner," Jacques said of Remparts owner/GM/coach Patrick Roy. "You'll learn things from him. That's the best place for you." ... Golf is a great sport and all, but in what other sport would there be so much outrage over a garden tool? Jack Nicklaus took some tines out of the bunker rakes and you'd think the players' courtesy cars had been taken away.

SPECULATIONS: I don't know what Roy is going to be doing in 2016, but I bet it's going to be something good. He won a Stanley Cup with Montreal in '86, a Stanley Cup with Colorado in '96 and now a Memorial Cup with Quebec in '06 ... It just keeps getting better for "33," too: Roy will headline the class of Hockey Hall of Fame inductees when they announce the honorees at the end of the month. Other possibilities are Pavel Bure (long shot), Doug Gilmour (good bet), Tom Barrasso (who cares?), Adam Graves (maybe next time) and Phil Housley (gets the American vote).

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PARTING SHOT: Brazilian star Kaka has pronounced himself ready for the World Cup. Don't know if that's a nickname or what, but there's a long line of Senators forwards who could wear that handle, huh?

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