Don't Look Back, Byron
Only the Feds could fault Tiger Woods's monopolistic tendencies.
Victorious at the American Express Championship, Woods not only
finished '99 with flair and an obscene sum of money but also made
the 2000 season opener, the Jan. 6-9 Mercedes Championships,
must-see TV. Will Woods win his fifth straight? Is Byron Nelson's
mark of 11 within his reach? If Woods can make an 8 on Sunday and
still win, anything's possible.
PGA Woods, who beat Miguel Angel Jimenez with a birdie on the
first hole of a playoff at the World tour's American Express
Championship in Sotogrande, Spain, birdied 54.8% of the par-5
holes he played this year. That breaks the record of 53.6% set by
Fred Couples in '91. Woods also established records for adjusted
scoring average (68.43, beating Greg Norman's 68.81 in 1994), for
birdies per round (4.46, bettering David Duval's 4.29 last year)
and in the all-around category (120 points, topping John Huston's
151 in '98).... Jesper Parnevik, who took the week off after
learning that he had an irregular heartbeat, came up one
tournament short of the European tour minimum (11) but will
probably be granted a medical exemption.... Glen Day was DQ'd at
Valderrama for carrying a 15th club--his daughter's 20-inch
LPGA Playing with a set of borrowed clubs because an airline lost
hers, Maria Hjorth shot a 15-under-par 201 to win the Mizuno
Classic in Otsu-Shiga, Japan, by five strokes over Laura Davies,
Ok-Hee Ku, Fumiko Muraguchi and Aki Nakano.
SENIOR Gary McCord's one-shot victory over Bruce Fleisher and
Larry Nelson in the Ingersoll-Rand Senior Tour Championship at
the Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C., qualified him
for this week's Senior Match Play Challenge, but McCord instead
will work CBS's broadcast of the Shark Shootout.
ALSO Colin Montgomerie topped the European money list for a
seventh straight year.... Couples will replace Payne Stewart in
the Nov. 27-28 Skins Game in La Quinta, Calif.
UP and Down
Tiger Woods David Duval
Eight wins $6.6 million
World match play World stroke play
15th at Augusta 17th at Valderrama
Q school Silly season