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SPORTS TODAY; • World Cup soccer, B2 • College World Series, B3 • South Penn Baseball, B3 ••••••• GETTYSBURG TIMES MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2002 Section B SPORTS DESK: SPORTS@GBURGTIMES.COM 102ND U.S. OPEN No grabbing Tiger by the tail, Woods wins Open • Mickclson, Garcia fade into 'Woods-work From wire services I-ANOTHER MAJOR — Tiger Woods celebrates his U.S. Open Golf Championship win, Sunday at the Black Course of Bethpage State Park in AASSOCIATBD PRESS PHOTOGRAPH Farmingdale, N.Y. Woods' caddie Steve Williams, rear, looks on. Woods is halfway to a grand slam, having already won The Masters. FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — A runaway winner again in the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods is halfway home to the Grand Slam and still miles ahead of anyone trying to stop him. Challenged only briefly by two of his biggest rivals, Woods became the first player since Jack Nicklaus in 1972 to capture the First two major championships of the year with a three-stroke victory Sunday at Bethpage Black. Next stop on his incredible ride: The British Open in Muirfield, five weeks away. "I just want to celebrate this one," Woods said. "None of them are easy, but this one was real tough." He made it harder with three- putt bogeys on his first two holes that quickly cut his lead to two shots. But Woods was rock-solid the rest of the way and simply couldn't be stopped — not by Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia or even a 49-minute rain delay that threatened to put off the inevitable until Monday. The only sour note —bogeys on two of his final three holes for a 2- over 72, the first time he has won a major with a final round over par. He still finished three strokes ahead of Mickelson, who is now O-for-40 in the majors but hardly felt like a loser. "It's certainly a difficult challenge, five back to the best player in the world," Mickelson said after closing with a 70. Woods already has won his own version of the slam. A year ago, he became the first p\ayer to win four straight professional majors, although purists have argued it must be done in a calendar year. Don't bet against him. "I would like to win the slam," he said. "I've done it before. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH DIRTY WORK — Phil Mickelson hits from the bunker on the sixth hole during the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Black Course of Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., Sunday. Hopefully, I can do it again." The question remains: Can anyone stop him? His greatest asset, as always, is his mental toughness, a lesson his father taught him long ago. "I told him, 'I promise you one thing: You'll never meet another person as tough as you,'" Earl Woods said during a telephone interview from his hotel room near the course. "He hasn't. And he won't" . : D .rujr/.iu ,; ' At 26, Woods won" his eighth major championship ;and now has claimed seven of the last 11 — unprecedented in golf's four biggest events. It was the first time the U.S. Open was played on a truly public golf course, but the Black Course at Bethpage State Park certainly held its own. Woods was the only player to break par over 72 holes, finishing at 3-under 277. Perhaps when the New Yorkers get. their course back next week and pay $39 greens fees on the weekend, they'll have an even greater appreciation of how good this guy is. "It's awesome, winning your national title and, on top of that, on a public course in front of these fans," Woods said. He has played only 22 majors as a pro, and five of those eight victories have come by at least three strokes. (See OPEN on Page B3) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Surprising rookie boosts Orioles "From wire sen'ices '•' PHILADELPHIA — Baltimore manager Mike "Hargrove loves to talk about the suiprising success "on the mound for 30-year-old rookie Travis Driskill. His baserunning is another story. '' Driskill pitched 6 1-3 innings to win his fourth •straight decision as the Orioles beat the Philadelphia '^Phillies 4-2 Sunday. "' Driskill also survived an adventure on the basepa- J ths — his first time on base in the majors — and •scored the Orioles' first run in the third inning. ;! Driskill (4-0) allowed two runs, five hits and two ^walks, striking out five to lower his ERA to 3.50 in 10 career games, "Travis is a strike thrower," Hargrove said. ."That's one of his biggest strengths. He had the ^ood splitter today and got some big outs with it." Driskill left the game in the seventh with a runner on and one out. B.J. Ryan retired the first batter but walked the next three to make it 3-2. Willis Roberts entered and got Pat Burrell to ground out to second base, ending the threat. r "I wanted to keep the ball down and I did," URoberts said. The Orioles loaded the bases in the ninth and third baseman Scott Rolen's fielding error allowed a run to score. Roberts retired the side in the eighth and Jorge Julio pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 17 chances. Driskill's biggest jam came in the sixth but he escaped by retiring Rolen on a fielder's choice, leaving runners stranded at first and third as the Orioles maintained a 2-1 lead. Philadelphia starter Terry Adams (3-5) pitched a season-high seven innings, but made a costly mistake in the third. After retiring the first eight hitters, Adams walked Driskill in his first plate appearance. "My ball was moving and sinking really well, I just got a little riled up," Adams said. With Driskill running on a 3-2 pitch, Brian Roberts doubled to center field. The ball reached the wall but Driskill still managed to have some trouble scoring. "Travis had a huge lead (with first baseman Travis Lee playing off the bag), he got a big jump and still looked like he needed oxygen by the time he got to (See BASEBALL on Page B3) GOTCHA — On a throw from catcher Mike Lieberthal, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, right tags out Baltimore Orioles' Ryan McGuire, left at second base in the seventh inning ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH Sunday in Philadelphia. McGuire drove in Tony Batista with a single but was out at second trying to advance on the throw to the plate. Kenseth gets series-best third victory of season ASSOCIATED CRESS PHOTOGRAPH THE WINNER — Matt Kenseth celebrates his victory in the NASCAR Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan International -Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday. Kenseth became the first 'three-time winner of the season. From wire services BROOKLYN, Mich. — Jack Roush propped his arm up on his crutches and shifted ever so slightly. If there was any discomfort, driver Matt Kenseth's victory made it all go away. Kenseth became the first three-time winner of the season, holding off a furious charge from Dale Jarrett to beat him to the line at Michigan International Speedway — Roush's home track. Roush, the car owner who survived an April plane crash, is recovering from his injuries at his Michigan home, but was at the track on crutches to watch Kenseth and his other three cars compete in the Sirius Satellite Radio 400. "When we do really poorly here, and I remember the times we've done poorly as much as the times that we've won, it's a huge embarrassment and I can't wait to come back for the next race" Roush said. So there was no chance he wasn't coming to Michigan, his NASCAR WINSTON CUP third race since suffering a head injury, a shattered left leg and broken ribs when the small plane he was piloting hit power lines and crashed into an Alabama lake. A former Marine rescued Roush from the water, but doctors had initially given him 201 odds against survival. But like his race teams — they've now got five wins this season after notching only two last year — Roush has rapidly rebounded. "It's just great to give Jack a win here," Kenseth said. "This is home, this is his favorite track and he's been through a lot so far this year. This helps." Rookie Ryan Newman was third and was followed by Michael Waltrip and Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon, the defending race champion who came back from a lap down ear- ASSOCIATEU PRESS PHOTOGRAPH IN THE FAST LANE — Matt Kenseth (17) crosses the finish line in front of Dale Jarrett (88) to win the NASCAR Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday. lier in the race. Jimmie Johnson and Newman Johnny Benson was sixth, before his last-lap duel with Jarrett. Kenselh had battled back and forth over the final third of the race for the lead with Johnson, bul appeared headed lo an easy followed by Rusty Wallace, Ricky Rudd, Mark Martin and Kurt Busch. Kenseth, who also won in Rockingham, N.C., and Texas this season, had to overcome a late red-flag and battles with victory with six laps to go until Elliott Sadler crashed in Turn 2. (See NASCAR on Page B3)

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