The Gettysburg Times from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2002 · Page 15
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SPORTS TODAY: World Cup schedule, B2 Times Area Golf, B4 NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying, B4 ••••••• GETTYSBURG TIMES ORTS SATURDAY, JUNE 15,2002 Section B SPORTS DESK: SPORTS@GBURGTIMES.COM 1O2nd U.S. OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP Mother Nature can't slow Tiger From wire sen'ices FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — A monster of a course and wet, miserable conditions were no match for Tiger Woods. In what was shaping up as another dominant performance in the U.S. Open, Woods squeezed a 2-under 68 out of cold, soggy Bethpage Black on Friday and left his peers wondering if they'll have to settle for second. "I'm ecstatic that I'm at the top right now, but there's a long way to go," said Woods, who was at 5-under 135. "I've still got to play hard on the weekend." Padraig Harrington made sure of that. The Irishman sloshed along the tiny rivers in the fairways and large puddles on the greens, and matched Woods' 68 to stay three strokes behind. They were the only two players still under par on the Black Course, which played even longer than its 7,214 yards because of the cool air and spongy fairways. Still, Woods hasn't looked this sharp and in control of every aspect of his game since Pebble Beach, when he led by six strokes at the halfway point and went on to a 15-stroke victory, the largest in the 142 years of the majors. Woods is 4-0 when he has the 36-hole lead in majors, and he has won his last 12 tournaments when leading at the halfway point. "I don't think anybody's going to catch him," Jay Haas said. "I think he's gone for good." Sergio Garcia wasn't so sure, and suggested Woods got more than his share of breaks. The rain got worse as the day (See TIGER on Page B4) 102M. U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS JLjMWJSJIfiJ7J; RO : RD WOODS GARCIA* IICKELSON CHOI MAGGERT COVE"* ASSOCIATED PRKSS PHOTOGRAPH THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE — Tiger Woods walks past the leaderboard on his way to the 18th tee Friday during the second round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Black Course of Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. Woods picked up Friday where he left off in the first round, shooting a 2-under 68 to stand at 5-under 135 midway through the Open. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH SOGGY SHOTS — A grounds crew worker clears standing water from the 18th green Friday during the second round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Black Course of Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. Sergio Garcia, of Spain, center, and Rocco Mediate, left, look on. Garcia finished at two over par. Goosen. Duval among big names to miss cut Bethpage claims contenders From wire semces FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Relief Goosen already turned in the U.S. Open trophy that belonged to him for the past year. Now, lie won't be around to see it passed off to the next guy on Sunday. Soaked and miserable, Goosen finished two brutal days at the Bethpage Black Course with "14 over" written on his scorecard. Not exactly the way he wanted to end his reign as U.S. Open champion. The laid-back South African held up so well a year ago after missing a 2-foot putt to win the Open on the 72nd hole at Southern Hills, j ;;.; x ,s. v-- - - \., • ..., :i InSteaiA of bentoaning "the gatfe, GooSeh got a 'good night of sleep and came back the next day to claim his first major title, beating Mark Brooks in an 18-hole playoff. The Bethpage experience left him less amicable. "I'm not interested in any questions right now," he said softly, brushing off a reporter before ducking into dry warmth of the clubhouse. Goosen, heading home with an ugly 154 on the Black Course, wasn't the only one in a foul mood on a day better suited for a duck. David Duval, who won the British Open last year, finished with an 11-over 151 and was in danger of missing the cut. Ditto for Brooks, who won't come close to making another playoff after rounds of 75 and 78. Paul Azinger closed with an 82 and headed home at 17 over par. "It's cold and wet and hard to hold the club," said Duval, who had a decent round going until he triple-bogeyed his next-to-last hole, "When you're not playing your greatest, you've got no chance." Goosen shot himself out of contention with a 79 on Thursday, and any hope of making the cut ended Friday at the par-3 /eighth, the same ''hole that wiped out his ' placing partner Duv'W. ^ Goosen drove his tee shot under a tree behind the green, nearly disappearing from view when he ducked into the limbs to get it out. With hardly any room to swing, he couldn't even reach the green with his punch-out. The ball landed well short of the putting surface, gobbled up by the carnivorous rough. Goosen wound up with a triple bogey and finished with a 75. He became the first defending champion to (See SOAKED on Page B4) United States backs into second round • Despite loss, U.S. in thanks to South Korea From wire services DAEJEON, South Korea — Thanks to South Korea, the U.S. soccer team isn't packing for home just yet. Needing merely a tie to advance, the Americans gave up two goals in the first five minutes against Poland on Friday night and trailed by three goals with just 22 minutes left, They were about to get knocked out of the World Cup in the first round for the second straight time, when the shocking news arrived from Incheon, 108 miles to the north: South Korea had scored against Portugal. Suddenly, the Americans were back in. And "back in" is exactly what they did. The United States found a goofy WORLD CUP way to advance to the second round, flopping to Poland 3-1 but finishing second in its group because South Korea held on for a 1-0 victory over the fifth-ranked Portuguese. The Americans play Mexico on Monday, their first second-round game since I994's 1-0 loss to Brazil. "We owe a lot to Korea today," said U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who saved a penalty kick for the second straight game. "Days like this, it's better to be lucky than good." Emmanuel Olisadebe and Pawel Kryszalowicz scored in the first five minutes, and Marcin Zewlakow added a goal in the 66th, just a minute after entering the game. "I think everybody, including myself, had the feeling that we were done," midfielder Earnie Stewart said. But then, two minutes later, a roar erupted from the crowd of 26,482 in three-quarters full Daejeon World Cup Stadium. Park Ji-sung had scored for the Red Devils. And when he did, the portable radios, TVs and cell phones — many set to beep when South Korea scored — all went off. "I heard the crowd go nuts. I assumed a goal for South Korea," Landon Donovan said. "I didn't want to hope for it and have it not happen." But it did, and then came 20 tense minutes when what mattered on this field meant little, and what happened in another game, in another part of the country, meant everything. Four days earlier, the U.S. team was the enemy of South Korean soccer, an obstacle in the Red Devils' path. But now, the Americans' hopes were (See CUP on Page B3) ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH THE AGONY OF DEFEAT — Thomas Hermon, center, and his brother Michael Hermon, right, from Corona, Calif., react as they watch the World Cup match between USA and Poland Friday. The United States lost to Poland 3-1, but still advanced to the second round of the World Cup as South Korea beat Portugal in the other Group D match. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Sosa powers Cubs to win over ChiSox From wire services CHICAGO — Nothing like a visit from their crosstown rivals to get the Cubs going. Sammy Sosa hit his major league-leading 25th home run, and Todd Hundley homered twice Friday as the Cubs beat the White Sox 8-4 in the first game of the season for city bragging rights. The homer was No. 475 for Sosa, tying him with Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 19th on the career list. Only Lou Gehrig, with 493, stands between Sosa and the 500 mark now. Matt Clement (5-4) gave up three runs and five hits in 7 2-3 (See MAJORS on Page B4) ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH THEFT — New York Mete Roger Cedeno slides into second on a steal as New York Yankees Alfonso Soriano reaches for the ball during the third inning at Shea Stadium in New York, Friday. Phils fall to O's, slide off the map in N.L. East From wire services PHILADELPHIA — Even if he doesn't play the rest of the series, Jeff Conine did enough damage in this game. Conine had three RBIs, including a two-run triple that broke a tie in the eighth, lifting the Baltimore Orioles to a 7-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. "I've been struggling with runners in scoring position. It's a great feeling to get a hit in that situation," said Conine, who left the game with a strained right hamstring after the hit. Conine is day-to-day, but isn't sure when he;Il be able to play. "It's sore. I'll know more after we reevaluate it tomorrow," he said. Philadelphia, coming off a 5-1 road trip, fell a season-worst 101/2 games behind Atlanta in the NL East. The Phillies finished two games behind the Braves last year. Melvin Mora led off the eighth with a double off reliever Ricky Bottalico (0-3). Chris Singleton followed with a single and went to second when center fielder Doug Glanville's throw to the plate sailed over catcher Mike Lieberthal's head. Conine then lined his first triple of the season to the wall in left- center to make it 5-3. Jay Gibbons followed with an RBI single to right, and Many Cordova added an RBI single for a 7-3 lead. B.J. Ryan (1-0) got the final out (See PHILS on Page B3)

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