Ernie Els breaks through, and the first person he thanks is
Tiger--for taking the week off.
It took Canada's Lorie Kane eons to get her first win. Think if
she had waited one more week.
You call beating Hale Irwin tough? Most of Ed Dougherty's outfit
didn't make it back from Vietnam.
Lee Westwood tops the Order of Merit, which means he has no
chance in the majors.
--PGA Els, who tied runner-up Phil Mickelson's 1997 scoring
record at the International with 48 Stableford points, has
played in the same Tour event as Tiger Woods 51 times. Els has
finished ahead of Woods on only 15 occasions.... Woods has
committed--30 weeks in advance and for a $1 million appearance
fee--for the Dubai Desert Classic, held opposite next March's
Doral Open.... Peter Jacobsen withdrew from the International
for the fourth time in 10 years. Jake's MO: spend a few days in
Colorado recruiting for the event he organizes, the Fred Meyer
Challenge, then get out of Dodge.
--LPGA When Kane, a nonwinner during five years on tour,
defeated Kristi Albers by three strokes in the Michelob Light
Classic at Fox Run Golf Club in St. Louis, Alice Ritzman took
over as the LPGA's leading career money winner without a
victory, with $1.49 million.
--SENIOR Before breaking his maiden with a two-shot win over
Irwin and Gil Morgan at the Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic in
Coon Rapids, Minn., Dougherty had been second four times.
--ALSO Three weeks after the European tour's tournament
committee gave him a vote of confidence, Mark James was fired as
2001 Ryder Cup vice captain by Europe's Ryder Cup committee....
Westwood led wire-to-wire in the Scandinavian Masters in
Stockholm.... Matthew Rosenfield, 16, of Plano, Texas, and Lisa
Ferrero, 17, of Lodi, Calif., won the boys' and girls' titles,
respectively, at the U.S. Junior.... The Democratic National
Committee paid $100,000 to rent L.A.'s Riviera Country Club for
a golf outing this Sunday for conventiongoers.
UP and Down
Scoring Slam Career Slam
Second-Place Slam Saturday Slam
Euro Ryder Cup committee Euro tournament committee
Women's British Open du Maurier
Screen Actors Guild Tiger Woods