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D4 SATURDAY, APRIL 7. 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Masters / Mickelson tied with Woods FROM PAGE D1 And it won't take long for DiMarco to experience a weekend at a major. "What a stage," he said. "Playing with Tiger, the best player in the world, on the best course in the world. You can pinch me if you want. It feels like a dream." If so, it should seem familiar to Woods. • He also started 70-66 in 1997 when he set 20 tournament records to win his first major He blew away Colin Montgomerie in the third round and left everyone else in his wake, winning by a record 12 strokes with a record score of 270. "It doesn't really matter who's up on top of the board, because you have to execute your golf shots the way you know that you have to — especially on this golf course," Woods said. "I know that. I've experienced that. And I go out there with that mindset." Mickelson refused to collapse despite a sloppy bogey on No. 10 and a tee shot into Rae's Creek on No. 12 that led to double bogey He birdied three of the last six holes, saved par from the bunker on the 18th and was in great shape. "I'm very excited to be where I'm at," Mickelson said. Joining Duval at 137 was two- time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen (70), Match Play champi- For updated Masters scores, go to www.saljournal.com on Steve Strieker (71), Angel Cabrera (71) and Toshi Izawa (66). Another stroke back were two other major winners — two- time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal (68) and former British Open champion Mark Calcavecchia (66). Ernie Els made bogey on the last hole for a 68 and was at 139. Does a guy like DiMarco fit with that cast of champions? "I guess I do this week," he said. "Why not? Everybody ... had to get there somehow, right? Maybe this is my week to get there." Maybe he is the Bob May of Augusta, playing as though he has nothing to lose in the face of weekend pressure and against the best player in the world, who has always come through when the stakes were high. "I've been there before," Woods said. "I know how to control my emotions and I know what to expect, what to feel, and what I'll probably experience coming down the stretch with a chance to win. "If you haven't been there, it's tough." That's what awaits DiMarco, not to mention a course that began drying out late Friday afternoon under partly sunny skies, with a forecast of more dry weather and wind that wreaks havoc at Augusta National, especially around Amen Corner. "With the conditions a little more benign, the guys who are playing marginal can get away with shots," Woods said. "With the conditions getting more and more difficult, that won't be the case." Plus, DiMarco has never played with Woods in competition. The last time he stroUed the fairways with Woods was seven years ago during a practice round in the 1994 Buick Classic, when Woods was an 18-year-old amateur fresh out of high school. "I said back then, 'He's an aggressive player, he's got to learn a little bit.' Well, he learned quickly" DiMarco said. Not everyone will be around to watch the drama unfold. Greg Norman won't have to worry about another dose of Masters heartache. He suffered plenty with his worst score ever at Augusta — an 82 — to miss the cut. So did Davis Love III, risking it aU with a shot out of trees on No. 15 that went into the water He had a 75. The Associated Press Tiger Woods waves to the gallery after sinking a birdie putt on the 18th Friday during the second round of the IVIasters. Woods finished the day with a 6-under 66. T NOTEBOOK Three golf legends miss Masters cut Nicklaus, Player, Palmer bow out after struggling on tournament's second day The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — A 25-foot chip dropped into the cup on No. 18, and Jack Nicklaus thrust his hands in the air triumphantly just like he has on that green so many times before. But this was a Friday not a Sunday and Nicklaus is going home, not sticking around to play this weekend. The six- time Masters champion shot a 3-over 75 to finish at 4 over. He missed the cut for only the fourth time in his 42 trips to Augusta. "I said I wanted to be competitive," Nicklaus said. "I wouldn't call missing the cut by (three) strokes competitive." At age 61, it seems Nicklaus expects more out of himself than his fans do. The same goes for his playing partners, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer, who made their way around the course to rippling waves of extended applause. Player was hoping to become the old­ est player to make the cut, at age 65. He shot 76 and finished at 5 over. Palmer, 71, was at 1 over through 14 holes and had a chance to become the first player to shoot his age at the Masters. He closed with three bogeys in his four holes, and while Nicklaus was chipping in, he gave a long, wistful glance back down the 18th fairway Palmer hasn't made a cut since 1983. Some have suggested he should take over the ceremonial spot Byron Nelson is vacating this year, and trade in two full rounds of golf for a simple drive off the first tee box along with Sam Snead to start the tournament. "I'm not thinking too seriously about that yet," Palmer said. Player says he'll be back next year, too. "Nobody knows how special this place is until they play it in the tournament," he said. That's how Nicklaus feels, too. He made 2000 his last year for playing all four majors, but returned to Augusta, even though he conceded he pretty much knew he couldn't win the tournament. He's not committing for 2002 yet. "Next year?" he said. "I'm only think­ ing about next week right now." • DEVASTATED DRISCOLL — Amateur James Drisooll's Infectious smile was replaced by a cheek-to-cheek frown that spoke of nothing but devastation. After a magical opening round of 4-under 68, the U.S. Amateur runner-up Imploded down the stretch Friday, making double bogeys on Nos. 12 and 17. He shot 78 and finished at 2 over for the tournament, missing the cut by one stroke. "Just disgusting," he said, In summing up the day. Because he didn't make the cut, he will earn no medal as the low-scoring amateur of the five who competed this year. That means he and his entourage of about 40 friends and family will head home early — a fate they thought they might avoid after Driscoll got on the leaderboard after one round. "I didn't hit the ball very well yesterday, but it was one of those days where everything goes your way," he said, "I didn't hit it very well today, either, and I got what I deserved." • CALCULATED COMEBACK — Mark Calcavecchia shot a 6-under 66 to tie David Duval, Tiger Woods and Toshi Izawa for the low round Friday, marking a successful return to Augusta after not being invited In 2000. "I missed being here, and it fired me up," he said. "I knew I wasn't going to let that happen again." Calcavecchia's absence was due to a bad 1999 season in which he didn't finish high enough to be invited. He turned that around In a big way this year, setting the PGA Tour record for a 72-hole score by shooting 28-under 256 in January. "Not playing here last year, I didn't lose anything," said Calcavecchia, who had played In the Masters the 13 years previous. "It wasn't like I lost all the local knowledge at all." • BACK TO BEL-AIR — Greg Puga was the rags-to-riches story at the Masters — until the tournament began. Puga, who grew up in the barrios of Los Angeles and works as a caddie for the rich and famous at Bel-Air Country Club, got into the Masters by winning the U.S. Mid-Amateur title. He made an early departure Friday with a round of 80,12-over par for the tournament. "My goal was to be low amateur," Puga said. "I'm way better than this. It just didn't happen for me." The low-point came on No. 11, when Puga's chip from right of the green when past the hole and trickled into the water. He went to the drop area and chunked a chip about 10 yards Into the water, eventually taking quadniple bogey. Still, he had few complaints. He was greeted with hugs from family members after his round. "I've been treated like a king out here by everyone," he said. "It's been absolutely terrific." Would he consider sticking around and working as a caddie over the weekend? "No," Puga said. "I can't read these greens." • PERRY'S PAIN — It was a rough day in the pine straw for Chris Perry. Perry twisted his knee in the straw on No. 1, then twisted it again on No. 6, and faced a day of pain from there. "I played flat-footed, like a 10-handlcapper," Perry said, after limping noticeably through the back nine. Actually, maybe a little better than that. He started the round with a pair of 7s, but came back to shoot- a respectable 74. He sits at 2 under and is eligible to play this weekend. • OLAZABAL CONTENDS —Jose Maria Olazabal, the champion in 1994 and 1999, made his way back onto the leader- board, shooting 68 to head into the weekend at 6 under. Last year, he missed the cut, but had to stick around until Sunday to award the green jacket to Vijay Singh. "All through the years, even though the golf course has changed, I still like the place," Olazabal said. "I have great memories around this golf course, and maybe that helps." • DIVOTS — Gay Brewer, 69, withdrew before play began in the second round.... After missing the out 11 times in 14 years, Hal Sutton stuck around for the weekend for the second straight time, finishing at 1 under.... For the first time, more players are wearing soft cleats instead of medal. A sun/ey released by a soft spike manufacturer said 52 players wore soft spikes and 40 wore metal. T AUTO RACING Gordon captures Virginia 500 pole Race polesetter gains first pit stall in crowed pit area By AL LEVINE Cox News Service MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jeff Gordon was Mr. Excitable as he cruised around Martinsville Speedway Friday and watched his 94.087- mph lap take the pole for Sunday's Virginia 500. He was bubbly and animated on the radio with his crew, as if he actually had won something big. He had: the first pit stall in Martinsville's crowded quarters is considered a big advantage on the smallest (.526- mile), flattest and slowest track on the Winston Cup schedule. "This is, as far as I'm concerned, the most important place to win a pole because of that No. 1 pit stall over there," Gordon said. "They did a great job of widening pit road but those pit boxes are awful tight. If you can get one where you can just angle in there and drive straight out it's a huge advantage." Plus, follov/ing up a recent test with a solid qualifying effort got the No. 24 Chevrolet team juiced up. "We had such a good test here and had high hopes coming back," Gordon said. "We were 11th (fastest) after practice and it was great to pick up as much (time, from 93.664 mph) as we did. I know how excited they are when they see that lap time up there and 1 think they know how excited I am. "It's just really a lot of fun, the team effort that's going on right now." What's more fun is the seesaw battle that's shaping up between Gordon and Dale Jarrett. Gordon is 75 points behind Jarrett. Jarrett qualified the No. 88 Ford 13th at 93.567 mph. It's Gordon's second pole of the season, 35th of his career and first at Martinsville in 17 tries. He won the NAPA 500 here in 1999, his third win at the track in 16 career starts. Rusty Wallace, in the No. 2 Ford, is on the outside pole after qualifying at 93.994 mph. Beleaguered Jeff Burton qualified the No. 99 Ford third at 93.980 mph but not even that effort was enough to put a smile on his face. A preseason favorite. Burton sees his season in shambles with a best-fmish of 18th. "One piece of qualifying run won't change our season around," Burton said. T COLLEGE BASKETBALL Battier wins Wooden Award Duke senior forward honored as top male player of the year By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Shane Battier, who led Duke to its first NCAA championship since 1992, capped an outstanding college career Friday, winning the 25th John R. Wooden Award as the male player of the year. Battier, a 6- BATTIER foot-8 senior forward from Birmingham, Mich., was previously honoi'ed as The Associated Press player of the year and Naismith Award winner, and was chosen the outstanding player in the Final Four for his efforts in victories over Maryland and Arizona. "I'm very honored to receive this award," Battier sayi. "Last year. Coach Wooden told me if he was still coaching, I'd be a player he'd like to coach. That's the ultimate compliment. "Every goal I've set for the last four years, I have reached. To win the Wooden Award after winning the national championship is the perfect ending to my career. It's fitting it happened near Hollywood." Battier, who averaged 19.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.3 blocked shots this season to lead Duke to a 354 record, was a runaway winner, collecting 4,892 points from the more than 1,000 media members and basketball experts who participated. Jason Williams, Battler's teammate at Duke, finished second with 3,764 points, followed by Joseph Forte of North Carolina with 2,899; Casey Jacobsen of Stanford with 2,831; Troy Murphy of Notre Dame with 2,768; Tayshaun Prince of Kentucky with 1,398; Charlie Bell of Michigan State with 1,386; Frank Williams of Illinois with 1,147; Casey Calvary of Gonzaga with 977; and Jarron Collins of Stanford with 939. Battier was the only senior among the top five — Murphy is a junior, and WUliams, Jacobsen and Forte are sophomores. Except for Forte, the five finalists all attended the ceremony, as did coaches Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, Mike Brey of Notre Dame, Mike Montgomery of Stanford and Matt Doherty of North Carolina. Arizona coach Lute Olson also attended to receive the third Legends of Coaching award, joining former North Carolina coach Dean Smith and Krzyzewski, who won last year "Shane has had an influence on everybody in our program and probably thousands of people around the country," Krzyzewski said. "His impact on the game could never be measured in stats. He's the most complete player I've ever coached, he's magnificent." Krzyzewski coached two previous Wooden Award winners — Christian Laettner in 1992, and Elton Brand two years ago. Cincinnati's Kenyon Martin won the award last year Among other previous winners are North Carolina's Michael Jordan, Indiana State's Larry Bird, and the Naval Academy's David Robinson. In addition to his exploits on the court. 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