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B4 MONDAY. APRIL 9, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL Woods / *Does what is required' FROM PAGE B1 one golf shot," he said. "I finally realized I had no more to play. That's it. I'm done." Duval and Mickelson each had chances, but failed to harness the magic that has carried Woods to five of the last six majors. Duval, believing this might be his year after three close calls, made it through Amen Corner without a mistake but took bogey on the par-3 16th, firing his tee shot over the green and missing an 8-foot putt for par. He had two chances to catch Woods, but looked on in shock as birdie putts from 12 feet on the 17th and 5 feet on the final hole failed to fall. Mickelson, poised to claim his first major, also missed an 8-foot par putt on the 16th hole. He also failed to cash in on birdie putts on the final two holes. "He simply does what is required," Mickelson said. Woods never faltered. His lead remained at one stroke when he missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the 15th, but he traded spectacular golf for solid play with history on the line and delivered, as he has done from the time he turned pro five short years ago. "I've succeeded in what I wanted to accomplish," Woods said as he sat in Butler's cabin waiting for last year's winner, Vijay Singh, to help him put on another green jacket. "I don't feel ecstatic yet. It hasn't sunk in." He later took a congratulatory call from President Bush. All that remained was what to call this remarkable feat. Purists argue that a Grand Slam is accomplished in a calendar year. Woods, emotionally drained after a relentless battle from start to finish, stayed outof the argument. "I won four," he said with a coy smile. Woods can simply take out his trophies from the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship — and claim a place in history that no professional has occupied. Not Jack Nicklaus, his idol, who missed his chance to hold the titles of all four majors in 1972. Not Arnold Palmer, who • dreamed up the idea of a Grand Slam in The Associated Press David Duval reacts to a missed birdie attempt on tlie 18th hoie during the final round of the Masters Sunday. I960 but only got halfway there. The only Grand Slam in golf not up for debate is the one that belongs to Bobby Jones, who won the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open and British Amateur in 1930. Fittingly, Woods finished his historic run at the tournament Jones created in 1934. "A Grand Slam is something we've never seen before," said Butch Harmon, Woods' swing coach. "But we may see it before we're done." Woods now has won six majors, as many as Nick Faldo and Lee Trevino and only one major behind the likes of Palmer, Sam Snead and Harry Vardon. And with his winning score of 16-under 272, Woods swept the majors with a combined score of 65-under par The final leg at the Masters featured one dramatic moment after another involving three of the best players in the world. All of them had their chances. Every putt could have turned the tide. The crowds watched breathlessly as it all unfolded. Mickelson shared the lead twice early in the final round, but was undone by the mistakes that cost him earlier in the tournament — a missed 2-foot putt on No. 6, a drive into the trees on No. 11 that led to bogey and left him trying to make up ground on Woods. Still, he was only one stroke back with three holes to play when his approach into the 16th stayed on the top ridge. Mickelson aimed nearly sideways, but his baU rolled left down the slope and past the cup. Bogey Duval, who wasn't even sure he could play the Masters because of an injured right wrist, three-putted for par from about 60 feet on No. 13 and can only look back at missed birdie chances on three of the last five holes. He finished with a 67, his fourth straight year in contention at Augusta, and the first time he has ever been runner-up to Woods. Toshi Izawa had a 67 and tied for fourth at 278, the best finish ever by a Japanese player in the Masters. He was joined by Mark Calcavecchia, who had a 72. It was Calcavecchia who called Woods the "chosen one" after Woods completed the career Grand Slam by winning the British Open in St. Andrews last summer. "He's not like anyone we've seen before in the game," Calcavecchia said. "It's pretty impressive." Woods' biggest challenge came from Duval, who had six birdies on his first eight holes and had the outright lead ever so briefly with a two-putt birdie on No. 8. His putter deserted him when it mattered the most. "I've been here before, huh?" Duval said. "I played well today, but I had a few opportunities coming home that I wish I would have capitalized on." Woods won his third straight tournament — so much for that "slump" — and earned $1,008,000, his second consecutive $1 million payoff. • He improved to 25-4 worldwide when leading going into the final round, and he has been particularly tough in majors. Woods now has had at least a share of the lead in 13 of the last 16 rounds of major championship golf. FOUR • MASTERS NOTEBOOK A BOW DiMeirco earns repeat berth Capsules of Tigers Woods' wins in the last four major tournaments — Sunday's Masters and the 2000 U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship. 2001 IVIasters At Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga. (April 5-8) Claims greatest feat in modern golf with clean sweep of the majors in 294 days with two-shot win over David Duval.... Shot final-round 68, including birdie on final hole, for 16- under, 272 total.... Traditional J3rand Slam means winning four majors in a calendar year — a feat accomplished by Bobby Jones, who in 1930 won the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open and British Amateur.... Win gives him six titles in majors. ... Sweep of nriajors with combined score of 65-under par. 2000 PGA Championship At Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Ky. (Aug. 17-20) Became first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in one year when he birdied last two holes and then beat Bob May in three-hole playoff. ...Won in dramatic fashion when he blasted out of a bunker to 2 feet and made par after May's 40-foot birdie putt just missed. ... Was first player to repeat as PGA champion since Denny Shute in 1937. ... With 18-under 270 in regulation, he now holds scoring record in relation to par in every major championship. 2000 British Open At The Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland (July 20-23) Wins first British Open by eight shots over Ernie Els and Thomas Bjorn with a final-round 69 for a 19- under 269 total — a record at St. Andrews. ... Win made him fifth player with a career Grand Slam — he won '00 U.S. Open, '97 Masters and '99 PGA. ... At 24, he became youngest to win career Grand Slam — Jack Nicklaus, who completed his at age 26 in '66 British Open, was last to do it. 2000 U.S. Open . At Pebble Beach Links, Pebble Beach, Calif. (June 15-18) Wins first U.S Open in record fashion — by 15 shots over Ernie Els ... Became first player in Open's 106- year history to finish 72 holes at double digits under par — 12-under 272: ... Margin of victory not only shattered Open mark of 11 set by Willie Smith in 1899, but was largest ever in a major, surpassing 13-stroke victory by Old Tom Morris in the 1862 British Open. ... His 272 tied lowest score ever in a U.S. Open, first set by Jack Nicklaus in 1980 and matched, by Lee Janzen in 1993. Both came at Baltusrol, which played as a par 70. —The Associated Press By EDDIE PELLS The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Chris DiMarco didn't know it untU he walked off the course. By making two birdies in the last three holes, he finished among the top 16 and ensured a return trip to the Masters. He was below the cutoff line until he made birdies on Nos. 16 and 18 to finish tied for 10th. "Oh, really?" DiMarco said, when informed he wouldn't have to worry about his spot on the money list, or any other criteria. "I'm glad I finished strong." After leading the first two rounds, DiMarco struggled over the weekend. He shot 72 on Saturday, and opened the final round with six bogeys over the first 14 holes. "I learned a lot this week," he said. "Mostly, I learned to slow down and be patient." DiMarco qualified for his first Masters by finishing 19th on the money list in 2000. Langer shines Even though he didn't feel his best, two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer stayed on a roll that began two weeks ago when he finished third in The Players Championship. Langer shot a 69 on Sunday to tie for sixth at 9 under His opening-round 73 was his worst round of the week, and that was when he was still dealing with flu-like symptoms. "I'm very pleased," said Langer, who won the Masters in 1985 and 1993. "Anytime you finish in the top 10 in a major, it's outstanding, especially when you shoot a 73." Singh starts over As promised, 2000 champion Vijay Singh started on a new streak of rounds under par, shooting 69 to finish the tournament at 6 under On Saturday, he shot 73 to end a tour-high string of 34 rounds of par or below. When told about the end of the streak, he said it was OK, he'd just have to start a new one Sunday "I played OK," Singh said. "I still left a lot out there. It was disappointing the second and third day for me. I just didn't take advantage." Masters champion Tiger Woods holds the current streak with 22 rounds of par or better shots," he said. "But I learned a lot. Hopefully I can use it in the future." The Tiger factor Once again, Tiger Woods' presence on the leaderboard is having a big impact on television ratings. CBS did a 7.9 rating with a 19 share Saturday, its second high- estthird-round overnight rating ever The only better numbers came in 1997, when Woods won his first Masters. Last year, CBS puUed a 6.6 rating with a 15 share on Saturday A ratings point represents 1.02 million households. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show. Divots Phil Mickelson missed a birdie putt on 18, costing him a chance to become the first Masters player to shoot four straight rounds in the 60s. His final scorecard: 67-69-69-70. T AUTO RACING Roberson / Bonds with Dunn FROM PAGE 81 just sitting back and waiting for my chance." That chance started with winter conditioning and carried over to the spring, where as the veteran Roberson was placed ahead of Dunn on the depth chart. But nobody expects the issue to be settled by the time the Wildcats report for two-a-days in August. "I'm really excited," Roberson said. "I've been working hard all winter. I'm anxious just to step up there and give it my all. "I'm very much more comfortable with our offense now. I can go out there and do a lot more things." As for the challenge from Dunn, Roberson is taking it in stride. "Coach Hud (Hudson) told me they were going to go out and search real hard for another quarterback because they were lacking (depth) at that position," Roberson said. "It just so happened they recruited (Dunn) and they got him, so I'm real happy. "Me and Marc, we get along really well. I try to help him as much as I can. We bonded from the first time. When he got here, he went over to my house and we talked about things. He told me he's going to fight hard and I told him to fight hard." Roberson said he is taking a lesson from Beasley in how to handle the quarterback battle. "Jonathan, he didn't let people know that I was here to take his position," Roberson said. "The main thing he did was stay focused and do what he had to do, no matter what. "He told me, 'I know that you're coming in there and they've got high hopes for you. But I'm going to work my hardest. I want you to work your hardest.' Marc's in here and he's going to push me to be a better player." That is exactly what Hudson wants to hear "I challenge them to be competitive during the offseason and be competitive during spring practice because you never know what's going to happen," Hudson said. "Ell has responded in a positive way Whether it was because of Marc Dunn, I don't know that." FREE Roth IRA Information WADDELL &rREED Financial Services' waddell.corn Member SIPC Investing, With a plan,°" Toni Rcnfro 1.11 N. .Sanla Fc, Suite lA Salina, KS 67401 785-827-.S606 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ADULT NOVELTIES VIDEOS- LOTIONS • MAGAZINES 11 am - 9 pm Mon. - Sat • 1 pm - 5 pm Sun. 1901 W. Grand • Salina • (785) 823-1339 Foi* complete stock listings go to saljoumaLcom the Salina Journal Connecting communities with ir\formatio)i Convenient Call In & Pick Up Service. dlllCKEN 649 S. Bfoadway / Salina / 785-827-5076 Jarretfs decision results in victory Fresher set of tires than Rudd delivers Jarrett to third win By HANK KURZ Jr. Tlie Associated Press MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Dale Jarrett figured he had the choice between a decent finish and possibly a victory It was an easy call. Jarrett debunked the su- pertire strategy with five laps to go Sunday, using a set of tires 50 laps fresher than those of teammate Ricky Rudd to pass Rudd with five laps left and win the Virginia 500 Winston Cup race. Jarrett, who never led until sneaking his Ford inside that ^ of Rudd entering the first turn, won for the third time this season and for the first time in 30 career starts at tight, nasty Martinsville Speedway "I knew some guys behind us would get some tires, so I was banking on enough of them coming that we wouldn't get all the way at the very back," Jarrett said about giving up sixth place to pit with 87 laps to go. "And I knew that we didn't have a chance with what I had on, so there was no reason to sit out there and just run for that track position. "I knew we had a good race car." One day after Scott Riggs drove the final 151 laps on the same tires to victory in the Craftsman Truck Series race, Jarrett proved the thinking that Goodyear's harder new tires don't made changing optional. "Tires won the race," Jeff Burton said. "There was a lot said about not needing tires today, but anytime I can get them, I want them." Rudd, who had led for 50 laps, hung on for second, followed by Burton's Ford, Bobby Hamilton's Chevrolet and Sterling Martin's Dodge. Jarrett and most everyone else pitted for four tires and gas with 135 laps to go, but when a caution flew again on lap 413, Jarrett pointed his car to pit road for the tires and some slight, but needed adjustments. On the prior stop, he said, the adjustments "upset my car terribly" Rudd and most of the other leaders stayed out, but Jarrett lost only five spots. Gradually working his way through the field, he passed Jeff Gordon for fourth with 41 laps to go and got by Marlin several laps later When Rudd caught lapped traffic with about 20 laps to go, it gave Jarrett a chance to The Associated Press Dale Jarrett celebrates his victory Sunday at tlie Virginia 500. Jarrett beat out teammate Ricky Rudd in the last few laps for the win. close what had been a one- second gap. He moved up to Rudd's bumper with about 10 laps left, then passed him for the victory Rudd, who was seeking his first victory since he won here 2V2 years ago, said he couldn't give up his lead after moving to the front. "The decision was made way back not to get tires," he said. "They had the restarts at the end and we cpuldn't come in at that point. We either got outsmarted or they made a luckier call." The victory enabled Jarrett to increase his championship points lead to 123 over Gordon, who faded in the final laps and finished 12th. For Burton, a championship contender each of the past four seasons, it was easily the best finish of the season. His previous best was 18th. "This is the start of our season right here," he said. Burton also showed how important new tires can be, giving up second place to take on a new set with 49 laps to go and then climbing from 14th place to third. He also moved from 35th to 29th in the points race. "If the caution comes out with 10 laps to go, we have a great chance to win the race," Burton said. "That's why we pitted." Hamilton, who led the most laps with 130, also got burned by his decision not to pit midway through the race, fading from the lead to out of contention before rallying on newer tires near the end. "We made that one call to stay out a long time. It bit us," he said. 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