If their positions had been reversed, would Phil Mickelson have
laid up like David Toms?
Annika Sorenstam now has six W's and a shot at becoming golf's
first 10-time winner in 33 years.
Three of a Kind
Former club pro Steve Veriato is the Senior tour's third
first-time victor in as many weeks.
PGA Toms, who erased a six-shot deficit in the final round to
top Mickelson by two strokes in New Orleans in May, beat him by
one in the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.... Toms's
15-under 265 was the lowest aggregate score ever in a major....
The 34-year-old Toms, who jumped from 14th to fifth in the final
Ryder Cup standings, is the oldest major winner of the year. The
other champs: Tiger Woods (Masters, 25), Retief Goosen (U.S.
Open, 32) and David Duval (British Open, 29).... Mickelson has
five top 10 finishes in majors in the last two years, a total
matched only by Duval, Woods and Ernie Els.
LPGA Despite bogeying the final two holes, Sorenstam closed with
a three-under 69 to take the Canadian Women's Open by two shots
over Kelly Robbins at Angus Glen Golf Club outside Toronto....
Sorenstam equaled her career-best victory total for a season,
established in '97.... The last golfers--male or female--to have
double-digit win totals in a season were Carol Mann and Kathy
Whitworth, who each won 10 times in '68.... Built in 1995, Angus
Glen will host the PGA Tour's Canadian Open next year and again
SENIOR With his wife, Karen, on the bag, Veriato, 55, got up and
down for par from a greenside bunker on the final hole to win
the Novell Utah Showdown by a stroke over Tom Jenkins, Bruce
Lietzke, Graham Marsh and Jesse Patino. Veriato fired a
final-round 68 for a 12-under 204 at Park Meadows Country Club
in Park City.
ALSO With his one-stroke victory at the North West of Ireland
Open, Tobias Dier, 24, became the fourth German to win a
European tour event. The others are Alex Cejka, Bernhard Langer
and Sven Struver.
UP and Down
David Toms Phil Mickelson
Laying up Going for broke
Paul Azinger Tom Lehman
Shingo Katayama Shigeki Maruyama
East Lake Atlanta Athletic Club