Memorable Moments, and a Lasting Memory
The year had been emotion filled before Oct. 25. There was David
Duval's fist-pumping 59, Jose Maria Olazabal's and Greg Norman's
finger-pointing at the Masters, Tiger Woods's spastic gyrations
at the Memorial, Jean Van de Velde's collapse at Carnoustie,
Sergio Garcia's scissors kick at Medinah and the mass hysteria
on the 17th green at the Country Club. But after all the birdies
and bogeys, what will stick in our minds is Payne Stewart's
death and the reaction of his peers.
PGA With his four-stroke victory over Davis Love III at the Tour
Championship in Houston, Woods became the first player to win
seven Tour events in a season since Johnny Miller won eight in
'74.... Woods's winning percentage of 35% (7 of 20) this year
equals that of Arnold Palmer in '63 (also 7 of 20), but trails
those of Jack Nicklaus in '73 (39%, 7 of 18), Johnny Miller in
'74 (38%, 8 of 21) and Nicklaus in '72 (37%, 7 of 19).... Brent
Geiberger, the only player besides Woods to shoot in the 60s in
all four rounds, finished third and now has earned $1.5 million
this season--$235,000 more than his father, Al, made in 25 years
on Tour.... Love, Duval and Mark O'Meara planned to skip this
week's $5 million World tour event at Valderrama.... The amount
of money needed to keep a Tour card has gone from $228,304 in
'98 to $298,069 this year.
LPGA Tina Barrett and Rachel Hetherington went 3-0 as the U.S.
LPGA won the Nichirei International for the 15th consecutive
year, this time defeating the Japan LPGA 15-8 at Sosei Country
Club in Chiba, Japan.
SENIOR Joe Inman became the second player of the year to
successfully defend his title when he shot a final-round 65 to
win the Pacific Bell Senior Classic at Wilshire Country Club in
Los Angeles. In July, Hale Irwin won the Ameritech Senior Open
for the second year in a row.... Inman became the 10th player to
surpass $1 million in earnings this season.
ALSO European Ryder Cupper Miguel Angel Jimenez closed with a 65
to win the Volvo Masters in Jerez, Spain, beating Retief Goosen,
Padraig Harrington and Bernhard Langer by two strokes.... Ian
Woosnam's plane, a Beechcraft King 200, lost pressure and oxygen
masks were dispensed while Woosnam was being flown to Spain. The
plane landed safely in Jersey, England.
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY PAT SULLIVAN/AP Sympathy notes Players and fans said goodbye to an auld friend at the Tour Championship.
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