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Woods rolls again in World Series
■Tiger wins by another
double-digit margin and rele
gates Justin Leonard to second
place for third time.
AKRON. Ohio — Tiger
Woods only had to beat the
darkness Sunday. It was a close
caU, unlike anything else in the
Racing the clock because of
a storm delay that suspended
the final round for nearly three
hours, Woods took eight holes to
get untracked and then cruised
to another landslide victory, this
time by 11 strokes.
He probably could have won
this one in the dark. In a fitting
conclusion, his 8-iron into the
18th green emerged from the
darkness and dropped 2 feet
from the hole. Fans saw a silhou
ette of the best player in the
world walk down the fairway,
and some flicked their lighters
like they were at a rock concert.
Even in overwhelming victo
ry, Wbods can still put on a show.
He completed his romp over
a world-class field with a 3
under 67 to finish at 21-under
259. It was his lowest 72-hole
score as a professional, and it
broke the Firestone record of
262 set 10 years ago by Jose
A week after an emotionally
draining playoff victory in the
PGA Championship for his third
straight major, Woods showed
no letup in a game that appears
to be without weakness. He now
has set tournament records in
his last four victories.
It also was the third time this
year Woods has successfully
defended a title, and he now has
won three of the five World Golf
Championship events. He
earned $1 million, giving him
more money in the last two
years than everyone but Davis
Love in on the career money list
Phillip Price of Wales, play
ing his first tournament in the
United States, got as close to
Woods as anyone Sunday with
five strokes. But he bogeyed
three of the last four holes and
finished with a 69 to slip into a
tie for second with Justin
Leonard, who had a 66. Both
earned $437,500 from the $5
Next up for Woods: A clinic at
Firestone in the morning, fol
lowed by a trip to the California
desert for his made-for-TV
match-play event against Sergio
Garcia, an exhibition that pays
$1.1 million to the winner.
Woods got in some practice
Sunday, as he put on a clinic,
and made another tournament
look like a mere exhibition.
Woods, who opened with
rounds of 64 and 61, won for die
fifth time in his last seven tour
naments, and for the eighth
time this year on the PGA Tour.
The last player to win at least
eight times in consecutive sea
sons was Byron Nelson, who
won eight times in 1944 and a
record 18 times in 1945.
Perhaps that’s next on the
horizon for Woods.
His 67 on soggy Firestone
was his 35th consecutive round
at par or better worldwide, dat
ing to the first round of the
Byron Nelson Classic in May.
Leonard, who hasn’t won in
over two years, was runner-up
for the third time this year. One
of those was at the Memorial,
where he and Ernie Els finished
five behind Woods.
Phil Mickelson and Hal
Sutton each had a 70, while Jim
Furyk had a 68 to tie for fourth,
12 strokes behind.
While Woods was never seri
ously challenged, neither did he
make a serious bid for the PGA
Tour’s 72-hole scoring record of
257, set by Mike Souchak in the
1955 Texas Open.
And just because it was
another romp, Firestone wasn’t
devoid of excitement
Stewart Cink got a hole-in
one on No. 12, a 4-iron from 213
years, and Retief Goosen had an
ace on No. 7 with a 3-iron from
The best shot of the day
came from Els, whose 5-iron
from 186 yards on the par-5 2nd
caught a slope behind the flag
and rolled back into the cup for
a double eagle.
Otherwise, the NEC
Invitational turned into a battle
Sutton stared down Woods
in a final-round duel at The
Players Championship to win by
a stroke, although there was a
big difference Sunday—he start
ed the day trailing by nine
strokes, not ahead by one.
Still, Sutton made an aggres
sive start with birdies on three of
his first five holes and two nifty
par saves. Woods played conser
vatively, aiming at the middle of
■ the greens and making all pars.
He bogeyed the par-3 7th by
chipping 10 feet by and missing
the par putt, and suddenly his
lead was down to five.
That’s as close as it got
Sutton bladed it out of wet
sand on No. 8 and made the first
of three straight bogeys. Woods
finally went at a pin, made a 12
foot birdie and coasted from
Price left Firestone feeling
just as satisfied as if he had won.
The only reason the Welshman
got into the World Golf
Championship event is because
the European tour changed its
qualification from Ryder Cup
members to the top 12
Europeans on its money list.
Price was ninth, and made his
first tournament in America a
memorable one. He earned
$437,500, nearly as much as he
had made all year in Europe.
Husker football team
loads up on captains
CAPTAINS from page 12
"These kind of responsibili
ties make you reflect back on
years that I’ve been here and
maybe some opportunities that I
may have squandered,”
As captains, the six will take
the field before the rest of the
team. They have participated in
their last tunnel walk.
Alexander said the walk will
be "engrained in his mind forev
Polk said it was "something
But Polk said that while he
sees his career dwindling by the
day, he feels as if he is still a fresh
This kind of renewed motiva
tion is something the Huskers
need, Polk said, and something
that Defensive Coordinator Craig
Bohl stressed in a mini-meeting
after the scrimmage with his
“He said they need us on the
field to lead," said Polk, who said
he would be even more vocal
than he has in the past. "Coach
can say and motivate as much as
he can from the sideline, but
when you are in the heat of battle,
you need somebody to go out
there and lead. I am just thankful
they chose me.”
Motivation is not a factor for
Kaiser, who showed up on Friday
two days after having an appen
Kaiser said that while he was
"gimping around on the side
lines,” some of his teammates
congratulated him on his cap
taincy. It was how he found out
about his selection.
"It is the greatest honor,” he
Speculation was that new
captain Kaiser might miss the
*Coach can say or
motivate as much as
he can from the
sidelines, but when
you are in the heat of
battle, you need
somebody to go out
and lead. I am just
thankful they chose
NU linebacker and co-captain
opener against the Spartans, but
he said he has other plans.
MI plan on playing on
Saturday,” he said. “There is no
doubt in my mind”
The Husker defense only
allowed two scores in 60 plays on
the day, while recording eight
sacks and two interceptions.
Keyuo Craver and Erwin Swiney
returned both their interceptions
for touchdowns. Linebacker
Randy Stella had three sacks on
die day, while Vanden Bosch had
NU quarterbacks found the
weather in the second scrimmage
more favorable than the first,
passing for a combined 269 yards
and two touchdowns in 71 plays.
Starter Eric Crouch was 9 for
15 for 195 yards and two touch
downs - a 56-yard pass to Matt
Davison and a 65-yarder to Bobby
Newcombe. Crouch also rushed
for 58 yards on seven carries.
Injuries in the scrimmage
included Jon Clanton (ankle
sprain) and Thunder Collins
(bruised right shin).
Solich said a new depth chart
will be released today after
reviewing film with the players.
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SCMMMASE from page 12
this week as Nebraska plays host
to the U.S. Bank/Arby’s
The team is looking towards
the season with optimism.
“I think we're a lot better
than we were last year,” Kropp
said. "We really have a passion to
play, and I think it's going to be a
Even Cook couldn’t help but
slip a comment of excitement
"We have a chance to be
awesome,” he said.
Cook than quickly retracted
back into a coaches’ frame of
"We’ve just got to continue to
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