Even Jordan has to obey city ordinance

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SAN FRANCISCO --- Michael Jordan spends most of his time on the golf course these days, just not like this. He's not playing. And he can't smoke his cigar.

U.S. captain Fred Couples invited Jordan to be an honorary assistant captain at the Presidents Cup, and the NBA icon even teed it up during a practice round Monday at Harding Park before the week officially started.

But when city officials saw a picture of Jordan in the San Francisco Chronicle toking on his stogie, they were quick to remind the PGA Tour that Harding Park is a city property and smoking is not allowed.

"You mean about Spare the Air Jordan?" Recreation and Park general manager Phil Ginsburg told the newspaper. "I've already sent off an e-mail to the PGA Tour director. It was sort of a gentle nudge reminding them that smoking is illegal, and that we would appreciate their support."

It was not clear which PGA Tour official received the e-mail. Tournament director Tom Clark was not aware of it until he picked up the newspaper Wednesday morning.

"This is a non-smoking facility," Clark said. "He probably wasn't aware of it."

The PGA Tour might have been. It has declined to make Jordan available to the media this week, except for its own Web site. Asked about his cigars during that Q&A on Monday, Jordan said the number he smokes might depend "because I heard this is a public place, so they limit what you can smoke."

"I'm not even supposed to be smoking, but this was a practice round and no one said anything," he said. "So I've been very cognizant of that to some degree."

CLUELESS CADDIE: The American caddies endeared themselves to the gallery at Harding Park on the final day of practice by wearing San Francisco Giants jerseys with their players' name stitched on the back.

The caddie for Tiger Woods wore No. 24, but Steve Williams had never even heard of a guy named Willie Mays .

"I told you I don't know him," Williams said. "Your job is to tell me who he is."

Williams, who is from New Zealand, made no apologies for not being aware of one of baseball's greatest players.

"That's probably the one sport I have never followed," he said. "I don't watch ESPN, and I don't know anything about baseball."


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