Canadian Mike Weir's victory, in overtime, is his third on Tour
but first in the U.S.
Down on the Farm
Three shots back with five holes to play? No problem for Cameron
Annika Sorenstam becomes the first LPGA player to sweep the
tour's Japan swing.
Gregory Havret joins Thomas Levet as the only Frenchmen to win
on the Euro tour in 2001.
PGA With his Tour Championship victory, Weir won the
season-ender for the second straight year, though in 2000 he had
to travel to Sotogrande, Spain, to do it, at the American
Express Championship.... Ernie Els, who like Sergio Garcia and
David Toms lost to Weir's birdie on the first hole of sudden
death at Champions Golf Club in Houston, saw his Tour-best
seven-year win streak snapped.... Tiger Woods finished six
strokes out of the playoff in 13th, the eighth time in his last
nine starts that he failed to crack the top 10.... With the
$432,000 he won at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, Beckman
jumped from 80th to 50th in earnings in his third year on Tour.
He finished 172nd and 139th, respectively, in his first two
seasons.... Woody Austin had to sweat it out until the final
putt dropped at Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Miss., but he
held on to the 125th spot on the final money list, edging
Bradley Hughes by $94.
LPGA Sorenstam's three-stroke victory over Laura Davies at
Musashigaoka Golf Course in Saitama-Ken, Japan, gave her eight
victories this season. The last woman to have that many? Nancy
Lopez in 1979.... If Sorenstam, winner of $1,990,868 this year,
finishes no worse than third-from-last in next week's
season-ending Tour Championship, she'll become the LPGA's first
$2 million player.
ALSO Havret, a 24-year-old rookie, shot a 20-under 268 to beat
Bradley Dredge of Wales by a stroke at the Italian Open at Is
Molas Golf Club in Sardinia.... For the first time, all 115
exempt players on the European tour earned more than
100,000[pounds].... Art Wall Jr., the 1959 Masters champ who
made more than 40 holes in one, died on Oct. 31 in Scranton, Pa.
He was 77.... The 2003 Canadian Open will be played at Hamilton
(Ont.) Golf Club, which last hosted the tournament in 1930, when
Tommy Armour won.
UP and Down
Mike Weir Ernie Els
Sophia Mickelson $900,000
Annika Sorenstam Tiger Woods
Soul patch Bottle blonde
Kingsmill PD Jonathan Kaye