El Nino Brightens Forecast
As a dynamic duo, Tiger Woods and David Duval weren't bad, but
now we know what was missing: a fairway scissors kick. For the
record, the rivalry between Woods, 23, and the exuberant Sergio
Garcia, 19, began at the 13th hole on Sunday at the 1999 PGA
Championship, not when Garcia birdied and glared toward Woods
back at the tee, but when Woods blinked and made double,
validating the teenager as a threat. This could be good.
PGA Woods's PGA victory gives him a winning percentage of .667
(four wins in six starts) since May 21.... At 310.3 yards Woods
led the field in average driving distance; Garcia was fifth, at
294.5. Only Jim Furyk, with 56, and Nick Price, with 55, hit
more greens in regulation than Garcia, who hit 54; Woods hit 50
greens.... Captain Ben Crenshaw picked Tom Lehman and Steve Pate
to complete the 12-man U.S. Ryder Cup team.
LPGA Sherri Steinhauer won the Weetabix Women's British Open
with a six-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to hold off Annika
Sorenstam by a stroke. It was the second victory in five weeks
for Steinhauer, the first player since Debbie Massey in 1981 to
repeat at the British.... Sorenstam has finished second in the
British three times.... Juli Inkster, Lorie Kane, Meg Mallon, Se
Ri Pak, Dottie Pepper and Kelli Kuehne, Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and
10 on the money list last week, skipped the event.
SENIOR Christy O'Connor got his second win in his last three
starts with a four-stroke victory at the Foremost Insurance
Championship at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, Mich.... Bruce
Fleisher, who tied for sixth, earned $38,000, giving him higher
earnings in his rookie season on the Senior tour ($1,706,400)
than in the 28 years he spent on the PGA Tour ($1,695,111).
ALSO Grace Park won the Betty Puskar Morgantown (W.Va.) Futures
Classic by seven shots, her fifth victory in nine starts on the
SBC Futures tour. Park finished as the tour's top money winner,
earning an exemption to play on the LPGA tour in 2000. Marilyn
Lovander and Audra Burks were second and third in earnings and
got the other two exemptions.... Ryan Howison won the Nike
Ozarks Open at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield,
Mo., when Ed Fryatt missed a four-foot par putt on the first
hole of sudden death. Howison joins Matt Gogel, Matthew Goggin
and Steve Gotsche on the list of two-time winners, leaving them
just one victory away in '99 from earning a battlefield
promotion to the PGA Tour.
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JIM GUND Calm before the storm On Sunday, Woods parred the 447-yard 4th on his way to a front-nine 33, but then things got hairy.
UP and Down
Tiger vs. Sergio Tiger vs. Duval
Sherri Steinhauer Annika Sorenstam
Majors in '99 Majors in '98
Steve Pate Fred Couples