The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 9, 2001 · Page 9
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MONDAY APRIL 9, 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Sports SCOREBOARD / B2 BASEBALL / B3 MASTERS / B4 MASTERS SIMPLY GRAND Woods wins an unprecedented fourth straight major By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods removed his cap and covered his face so he could flick away his tears, a rare moment when he wasn't in complete control. "I've never had that feeling before," he said. m CMASTERS FIRIAL RESULTS Tiger Woods -16 David Duval -14 Phil MIckelson -13 Mark Calcavecchia ..-10 Toshi Izawa -10 Ernie Els -9 Jim Furyk -9 Bernhard Langer ... .-9 Kirk Triplett -8 Angel Cabrera -8 Chris DIMarco -8 Brad Faxon -8 days. Miguel A. Jimenez .. .-8 Steve Strieker -8 Complete Results B2 Professional golf hasn't seen anything like this before, either Slam or not. Woods was simply grand on Sunday, claiming the greatest feat in modern golf with a thrilling victory at the Masters that gave him a clean sweep of the four professional majors in a span of 294 When his 18- foot birdie putt curved gently to the left and disappeared into the 18th hole, he raised his arms in triumph and almost immediately began to reflect on an achievement even he couldn't resist calling one of the greatest ever. A runaway at the U.S. Open. History at St. Andrews. A heart-stopper in the PGA Championship. The grand finale came at Augusta National, where Woods held off David Duval and Phil The Associated Press Tiger Woods reacts to his birdie putt on tlie 18th hole that ciinched his iVIasters titie Sunday at Augusta National. Mickelson, his chief rivals, to win No. think I've ever accomplished anything steady play down the back stretch at "I have a better appreciation for winning a major championship," Woods said. "To win four of them in succession, it's hard to believe. I don't this great.' Woods closed with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Duval, thanks to a spectacular 8-iron that grazed the cup at 11th hole for a tap-in birdie and Augusta. "I was so attuned to each and every shot that I focused so hard on just that See WOODS, Page B4 Duved, Mickelson stumble on No. 16 Contenders both finish with bogeys on the par-3 hole ByTiMDAHLBERG The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — David Duval thought for a moment he had holed it. The 7-iron of his life was arching skyward toward the 16th green and he watched with sweet satisfaction as it headed toward the pin. For the briefest of moments, the Masters he so coveted seemed his. Then he could only watch in disbelief as the ball flew through the early evening sky past the hole and over the green. A f e w AUGUSTA, Ga.(AP)-A look at the key hole In Sunday's final round of the t\/lasters. Hole: No. 16. Par: 3. Length: 170 yards Stroke average: 2.957 Rank: 11th. David Duval bogeyed after hitting a 7-iron long to lose his chance at the lead. Phil Mickelson three- putted from 35 feet down a ridge a few minutes later to fall two shots behind Tiger Woods, who made a routine par. minutes later, Phil Mickels o n seemed to bend s i d e ways in a n - gu i s h as a 7- i r 0 n shot of his own stayed - on the the same ledge on top of green, leaving him with an almost impossible task to make par. The picturesque 16th may not have won Tiger Woods the Masters, but it dealt a double blow to the challengers who thought they could take it from him. Duval and Mickelson would both end up with bogeys on the par-3 hole, allowing Woods to keep his lead and go on to win his fourth major title in a row by two shots. "It might be the best golf shot I ever hit and I made a four out of it," Duval said. "I thought I might have made a one." The par-3 that looks so pretty on television but has always played second fiddle to the treacherous 12th hole was the center of attention as Woods battled to hold his slim lead over Duval and Mickelson. Duval had already made his bogey when Mickelson strode to the tee, full of momentum after making a 15-birdie putt on No. 15 and then watching Woods miss a 3-footer of his own to lead by only one. Like Duval, Mickelson pulled out a 7-iron and aimed at the ridge that bisects the green, hoping to see his ball feed down the ridge and roll to a stop near the hole. His distance was more accurate, but not his aim. The ball stayed on top of the ridge, leaving Mickelson with a 35-footer that he would have to putt away from the hole and hope that he could somehow roll it within makable range for par. "I've got the momentum. I've got the honors," Mickelson said. "If I can stack one on 16 and hit a good golf shot, I think the whole momentum changes. And then I pulled it up on top in the one place I can't hit it, don't even give myself a putt at it." Woods, hitting after Mickelson, did find the ridge, though his ball settled some 35 feet below the hole. He had a putt straight uphill to the cup, though, while Mickelson had to aim almost toward the 17th tee with his 35 footer. The putt rode the ridge, then fell beneath the hole, finally ending up about 7 feet away Mickelson desperately needed the putt to stay close, but left it out to the right. T BASEBALLL Royals heindle Twins Quinn drives in five, Hinch, Sweeney each add three RBI in rout By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This was the game Kansas City's slumping hitters were waiting for. Mark Quinn drove in a career-high five runs and A.J. Hinch and Mike Sweeney had three RBIs apiece as the Royals scored Twins IS more runs Sunday than they had in the Royals five previous games combined, routing the Minnesota Twins 15-4. "It's just one day but it was a good day of offense," manager Tony Muser said. "When we're hitting balls the other way, things are going pretty good for us." Quinn had an RBI grounder in the third and an RBI double in the seventh before hitting a three-run homer in the eighth. While going 1-4 their first five games, the Royals had scored just 12 times. "We have way too many good hitters on this team to be slumping," said Quinn, who had been about the only regular not struggling at the plate. "When we all get together and get the rallies going, we're going to be unstoppable. We've got a lot of talent on this team." Mac Suzuki (1-0), who lost all five decisions last September before undergoing arthroscop­ ic surgery on his right shoulder, held the Twins to three hits and one run through five innings, including a solo homer to David Ortiz. He struck out five and walked only one. The Royals had three singles, three walks and Hinch's three- run homer in a seven-run third inning. After J.C. Romero (0-1) walked in a run, Joe Randa had an opposite-field two-run single and Quinn an RBI ground- out before Hinch greeted reliever Hector Carrasco with a three-run shot for an 8-0 lead. Romero allowed seven runs, five hits and four walks in 2 2-3 innings. In his last 10 starts, Romero is 0-7 with a 9.07 ERA. "This was not much of a ball- game," Minnesota manager Tom Kelly said. • COLLEGE SPRING FOOTBALL Roberson excited about opportunity Highly recruited quarterback ready for push from transfer Dunn in battle to run offense By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal MANHATTAN — Somewhere along the way. Ell Roberson skipped a step. In the span of less than a year, without starting a game, he went from Kansas State's chosen one at quarterback to standing in the next great quarterback's way Much as he had incumbent Jonathan Beasley looking over his shoulder last spring, it is now Roberson who has his eye in the rearview mirror with the arrival of junior college transfer Marc Dunn. Like Roberson two years before, Dunn arrived on campus with much fanfare. As a sophomore at Ricks College in Idaho, Dunn shattered the national juco single-season passing record with more than 4,000 yards and was named NJCAA player of the year. "This was not a challenge to Ell Roberson," said offensive coordinator Ron Hudson, who also coaches the Wildcat quarterbacks. "This was something we felt we needed in our program. You can't go in at 2001 SCHBULE SEPTEMBER 8 — at Southern Cal 15 — Louisiana Tech 22 — New Mexico St. 29 — at Oklahoma OCTOBER 6 — Colorado 13 — at Texas Tech 20 — Texas A&M 27 — Kansas NOVEMBER 3 — at Iowa State 10 — at Nebraska 17 —Missouri File photo JEFF COOPER / The Salina Journal Sophomore quarterbacl( Eii Roberson waited patiently last year behind Jonathan Beasley as Beasley directed Kansas State to an 11-3 record and win In the Cotton Bowl. Roberson is eager to prove himself this season. this level with Gust) three quarterbacks. "Plus, Ell Roberson was highly recruited and played pretty well. Now, whether Ell Roberson can take this program to where Jonathan Beasley and Michael Bishop took it, I don't know that." And that is the big question as the Wildcats work their way through spring drills. No sooner had Roberson showed up at K- State as a freshman in the fall of 1999, than the comparisons to Bishop began. As a se­ nior at Lee High School in Baytown, Texas, Roberson, passed for 1,678 yards and rushed for 1,123. Beasley might be the caretaker for one year while Roberson learned the ropes as a redshirt, but the next year was just a formality Then, in last year's spring game, Roberson stoked the fire by taking off on a 73- yard touchdown run the first play from scrimmage. By the time he was done, he found the end zone twice more — once on a 58-yard carry — and threw a 26-yard scoring strike, sending the crowd of 13,000-plus home buzzing. "In retrospect, I cringed when it happened and it wasn't good," head coach Bill Snyder said. "It wasn't good for him. We tried to aUow Ell to understand that we put 11 guys out there on defense and put them in a 'get knocked down' position and didn't give them a chance to play our style of defense. "It was untimely ... with everybody getting on the bandwagon because it was out in front of everybody, and so when we start the first ballgame, everybody thinks I'm an idiot because Ell Roberson is not on the field." Instead the coaches chose Beasley, the fifth-year senior, who had merely led the Wildcats to an 11-1 record the year before and was voted offensive player of the game of the Holiday Bowl. He never relinquished the job, guiding an 11-3 team to a Cotton Bowl victory over Tennessee, where he again received offensive MVP honors. "Beasley had been in this system a long time," Roberson says now. "I feel like I was See ROBERSON, Page B4 T COLLEGE BASKETBALL 'Cats add Pasco, finish recruiting By The Salina Journal Kansas State secured more help at its position of greatest need late last week when Pervis Pasco, a 6-foot-9 post player at Pensacola Junior College in Florida committed to play basketball next year for the Wildcats. Juco Junction, an Internet recruiting monitor that covers the national junior college scene, reported that Pasco chose K-State over Cincinnati, Alabama and Xavier. Pasco, who averaged 20 points and nine rebounds per game this season, must complete course work over the summer to be eligible, but Pensacola coach Paul Swanson said he is on schedule to graduate. Pasco, who did not receive his high school degree from Clearwater High, gained his GED before enrolling at Pensacola second semester last year. "He's a great athlete who runs the floor as well as anyone that I've coached, and that includes the Big 10," said Swanson, who previously coached at Northwest­ ern, told Juco Junction. "He's a good range rebound- er who rebounds out of his zone. "He has the potential to become a lot better. He has to become a better low post player than he is and he has to get stronger." With the national spring signing period starting Wednesday, the Wildcats now have completed their recruiting class. They signed three players in the fall — 6-5 junior college guard Gilson DeJesus, 6-6 ju­ co small forward Janerio Spurlock and 6-4 high school guard Nick Williams — and have since received commitments from Pasco, 6-10 prep center Travis Canby of Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy and 6-4 guard Marcus Hayes of Oviedo Fla. Hayes is expected to walk on in the fall and receive a scholarship at a later date when one becomes available. The Wildcats also signed 6-7 forward Marcelo Da Barrosa this spring, but he enrolled immediately and counts against last year's scholarship total. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidson@salJournai.com

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