The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 5, 2001 · Page 21
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THURSDAY APRIL 5, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports SCOREBOARD / D2 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL / D3 AUTO RACING / D4 MASTERS Photos by the Associated Press Dogwoods bloom on the second hole of the Augusta National Golf Club. The course's beauty belies its many challenges. By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — One bad swing. One gust out of Amen Corner. Just like that, Tiger Woods' chance of winning the Grand Slam began to slip away. He surrendered five shots to par in two holes, signed for 75 in the first round and never caught up in the Masters. That was last year. It was a time when Woods was so dominant that he had won or finished second in 10 of 11 PGA Tour events when he arrived at Augusta National. And it was a time when everyone, including Woods, assumed the Grand Slam meant winning all four major championships in the same year, starting with the Masters. The circumstances will be similar when the 65th Masters begins today Woods is the overwhelming favorite, especially after winning his last two tournaments at Bay Hill and The Players Championship. A Grand Slam is at stake, even if the definition is subject to debate. Woods is the reigning champi- Open, British Open and PGA Woods goes for his fourth straight major title, but is at the mercy of Augusta National AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) —A brief look at the 65th Masters, which starts today: Defending champion: Vijay Singh. Noteworthy: Tiger Woods is trying to win his fourth straight major and become the first player to hold all four pro majors at the same time. Television: Thursday, 3 p.m. to 5;30 p.m., 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (replay), USA Networi<. on in the US T MASTERS Championship, and now has a chance to become the first player in history to hold the trophies of all four professional majors at the same time. "If Tiger Woods wins this tournament, it will be the greatest achievement in modern day golf," Augusta chairman Hootie Johnson proclaimed Wednesday on the final day of practice. One other thing will never change. No matter how talented Woods is, no matter Tiger Woods smiles after his drive on the eighth tee during a practice round at the Augusta National Golf Club Wednesday. Woods is favored to win the season's first major of the year and become the first to hold the trophies of all four professional majors at the same time. how much control he has of his game or how much intimidation his name on a leaderboard is worth, his greatest challenge will come from the course. Augusta National always has the final word. The humps and bumps on the most severe greens in championship golf can turn a seemingly good shot into a disaster. The wind blows as it pleases. It requires nothing short of preci­ sion, from the opening tee shot to the uphill climb at the 18th. "That's one of the reasons why we love to play, that challenge of it," Woods said. "You know what you need to do, and sometimes it's just tough doing it." It all starts to unfold today at a course that has been softened by two days of light rain. Sam Snead and Byron Nelson will hit their ceremonial tee shots at 7 a.m. to kick off one of the most anticipated tournaments ever. "The bigger the tournament, the more excited all of us are about playing," Woods said. The contenders are numerous. Defending champion Vijay Singh has finished no worse than fourth in his last six tournaments and never has been so confident about the treacherous, contoured greens. "I'm not going to lay down this week," said Singh, trying to join Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo as the only repeat Masters champions. Phil Mickelson has won five times over the past two years, twice at Woods' expense. Davis Love III had a Tiger-like comeback to win at Pebble Beach, then played in the final group Sunday in his next three tournaments. "When you get out there and get excited about the Masters, you seem to do everything a little bit better," Love said. The challenge might come from 46-year-old Greg Norman, who is keenly aware that Nicklaus was 46 when he won the Masters — although Nicklaus already had won five of them and the Shark will have to block out the memory See MASTERS, Page D3 TV may show all of final round in 2002 Augusta National may yield to public's interest in front nine By EDDIE PELLS The Associated I'ress Notebook AUGUSTA, Ga. — CBS could get an unprecedented chance to televise all 18 holes of the final round of the Masters beginning next year Augusta National Golf Club has long kept the front nine off television and has limited coverage of the Masters to three hours, while most other golf telecasts run four The tradeoff: The network airs only four minutes of commercials per hour, allowing it to show about as much golf as the typical four-hour broadcast. Things could be changing thanks to the longstanding public outcry against limiting coverage to just the back nine. "It takes us a long time to get around to making a decision," Augusta National chairman Hootie Johnson said Wednesday Augusta National has long felt that keeping the front nine off TV adds to thp mystique of the course. For most, a trip to the course is the only way to see the first nine holes. Last year, some of the front nine was shown on TV when CBS picked up Vijay Singh and David Duval playing the beginning of their weather-delayed third round on Saturday But that was hardly the wire-to-wire coverage that golf fans have grown to expect from all the other tournaments. Johnson said coverage might be expanded by an hour or 90 minutes for the final round. "That's it, by popular demand, on Sunday," he said. Toms Terrific A win to celebrate or not? Helped by a hole-in-one on the third hole, David Toms shot 5-under par Wednesday to win the traditional Masters par-3 tournament. Of course, winning this event isn't always a good thing. No winner of the par-3 tournament has ever gone on to wear the green jacket. Toms beat Loren Roberts by one stroke. A group of five — Franklin Langham, David Duval, Jim Furyk, Greg Norman and Ben Crenshaw — finished at 3-under in the nine-hole event. Darren Clarke, Scott Verplank and Chris Perry also had holes-in-one. Records in jeopardy The weather is supposed to be good, and a few of golf's most impressive records have already fallen this season, leading to some speculation that Tiger Woods' course- record 18-under-par 270 could fall this year. Not so fast, says Mark Calcavecchia, who set the PGA Tour record for a 72-hole tournament earlier this year, shooting 28-under-par 256 at Phoenix. "This course is so penal," Calcavecchia said. "The difference between a good shot and a bad shot is significant. That's why I don't think anyone goes low here very often." Bpingin' the pitch Royals fail to dig out of deep hole New York scores first eight runs; Febles, Dye hurt in collision JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Kansas Wesleyan pitcher Royce Carnley delivers a pitch during the first game of Wednesday's Kansas Conference doubleheader against Saint IVIary at Dean Evans Stadium. Coveage of the Coyotes' sweep appears on D3. By BEN WALKER Tlie Associated Press NEW YORK — The Kansas City Royals thought they'd absorbed a hard hit when David ——————— Justice • No-no for Nomo / launched Page D3 a grand slam. Later, they barely avoided a real disaster All-star right fielder Jermaine Dye and second baseman Carlos Febles were forced to leave after a frightening collision Wednesday night in the Royals' 8-2 loss to the New York Yankees. "People say we're lucky to be able to walk after what happened," Febles said. Dye wound up with a mild concussion and a banged-up nose while Febles bruised his right knee. Royals manager Tony Muser said both "probably" could play this afternoon. The trouble came in the sixth inning when Bernie Williams hit a soft fly down the right- field line. Dye, Febles and first baseman Dave McCarty gave chase at full speed. As the ball began to fall, McCarty veered off. Dye and Febles kept going. "I didn't call for it and I don't know if he did. With the fans yelling, you can't hear," Dye said. "When you get two bodies going as fast as we were going, Tiie Associated Press Royals right fielder Jermaine Dye (right) and second baseman Carlos Febles collide as Dye holds onto a fly ball in the sixth inning Wednesday. Both players left the game. you hope it doesn't come down to a collision. But most of the time, it does." As Dye got ready to make an off-balance, basket catch, Febles ran right over him. Febles' head and chest hit Dye in the head, and both players went flying. Dye somehow managed to hold onto the ball for the second out, and he handed it to McCarty before rolling back onto the ground. Muser and head trainer Nick Swartz bolted from the dugout, and several Yankees came out of the dugout to watch. Febles and Dye were down for a couple minutes before walking off. T COLLEGE BASKETBALL Peterson officially takes Vols job; Nee new Duquesne coach By The Associated Press Buzz Peterson, picked over Michael Jordan as the top high school player in North Carolina in 1981 and later Jordan's college roo- mate, will take PETERSON over the basketball program at Tennessee. Peterson, 37, left Tulsa after nine months to replace Jerry Green, who resigned March 20. He was among four head coaches with new jobs Wednesday Louis Orr, Siena's coach for one year, took over at Seton Hall, succeeding Tommy Amaker, who left to coach at Michigan. Danny Nee, fired a year ago by Nebraska, left Robert Morris after one season to replace Darelle Porter at Duquesne, and Bruiser Flint, who resigned at Massa­ chusetts, took the Drexel job. Meanwhile, Tubby Smith agreed to a four-year extension at Kentucky, where he led the Wildcats to the NCAA championship in his inaugural season in 1997-98, and Rod Barnes, who guided Mississippi to a school-record 27 victories and its first appearance in the NCAA's final 16 this season, signed a four-year contract. Peterson resigned as Tulsa coach Tuesday, a week after leading the Golden Hurricane to the NIT championship. Peterson could make about $750,000 a year at Tennessee, about $350,000 more than at Tulsa. Orr's Siena team was 20-11, tying for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season championship. Orr inherits a Seton Hall team that failed to live up to expectations this year and lost starting forward Eddie Griffin, who declared his intention to enter the NBA draft after only one year with the Pirates. Nee, 7-22 at Robert Morris this season, will get about $250,000 a year at Duquesne, after making about $100,000 at Robert Morris. Porter resigned last month after going 9-21 in his third consecutive 20-loss season. The Dukes have had seven consecutive losing seasons and haven't appeared in the NCAA tournament since 1977. Nee coached seven NCAA tournament teams at Nebraska and Ohio. Coaches vs. Cancer Classic PRINCETON, N. J. — Arizona, which lost to Duke in the NCAA championship game, will join Maryland, Temple and Florida in 2001 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in November at Madison Square Garden. The Coaches vs. Cancer Classic will be played Nov. 8-9 in New York. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidson@saljournal.com

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