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On an island all her own

Updated: January 16, 2004, 4:07 PM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN The Magazine

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- The Mercedes Championship has everything you'd put on your tournament wish list: A 30-player field of the game's elite, those famed Kona winds that drop the temperature all the way to 80 degrees and vistas so spectacular that the nearby humpback whales don't know whether to swim or slap their tails in applause.

So why, then, even after Stuart Appleby's deceivingly impressive one-shot victory here Sunday, is there equal or more buzz about a tournament yet to be ...

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