Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 2, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Sorenstam earns sixth tour victory
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N J. -If anyone wants to win the U.S. Women’s Open this week, they better find a way to beat Annika Sorenstam.
Sorenstam gave all hopefuls something more to worry about, shooting a bogey-free 5-under-par 66 to post a three-stroke victory on Sunday in the LPGA Tour’s ShopRite Classic, the final tuneup for the biggest event in women’s golf.
The victory was the second in as many LPGA starts for Sorenstam, her fourth in six events and sixth in 12 events this year. Add in the Australian Masters earlier this year and the Swede will clearly be the favourite in the Open at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
“This is why I have worked so hard. This is what I want,” Sorenstam said.
“It’s a great ain and I love it.”
The win was worth $180,000 and it pushed her earnings this year to $1,534,054, more than twice the amount of the tour’s No. 2 money earner Se Ri Pak.
“She is really focused,” said runnerup Kate Golden, who saw her chance to beat Sorenstam fall apart with bogeys on four of the last five holes.
“She knows what she wants to do and does it.”
Sorenstam finished the event in the shadow of Atlantic City’s casinos with a 12-under-par total of 201, 68-67-66.
Pooley beats legend
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The playoff duel matched five-time British Open winner Tom Watson against qualifier Don Pooley, whose last big golf moment
occurred in §gr™— v*Li 1987.
Watson, who earlier roared back from a five-shot deficit, appeared destined to add a U.S. Senior Open title to the U.S. Open crown he won 20 years earlier.
But Pooley never backed down — even if he did back away from several key putts.
Pooley made a 10-foot birdie putt on the fifth playoff hole Sunday to end an epic clash with Watson.
Pooley was poised to hit the potential winning putt before stepping back. He then returned to drain one of the most important shots of his career.
Pooley stepped away from several putts down the stretch, but said it had nothing to do with being overwhelmed by the situation.
“It wasn’t that I was nervous; my thoughts weren’t where I wanted them,” he said. “My mind was going in places where it shouldn’t have been going.”
The $450,000 first-place cheque was his biggest since his last win on the tour, the 1987 Memorial.
llnatiuk falters badly
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Canadian Glen Hnatiuk’s first career PGA Tour victory will have to wait.
The 37-year-old native of Selkirk seemed poised to earn the historic win Sunday, entering the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic with a commanding four-shot lead. But Hnatiuk carded a tinal-round 6-over-par 77 to finish tied for 14th with a 12-under 272 total.
Len Mattiace won the tournament — the second of his PGA Tour career— with a brilliant 7-under 64 on Sunday for an 18-under 266 total and a one-stroke victory.
Hnatiuk, a four-time winner on the Buy.com Tour, had a roller-coaster final round, registering two birdies, six bogeys and a double-bogey. Despite making the turn at 2-over, Hnatiuk still held a one-stroke lead. But a bogey at No. 13 and doublebogey at No. 14 highlighted his troubles. He still earned $64,600.
Mattiace rallied from a seven-stroke deficit to start the final round to register his second victory of the season.
He also won the Nissan Open in February.
Mattiace finished with an 18-under-par 266 total to capture the $684,000 winner’s cheque.
Don Pooley makes the winning putt.
Brazilians back on coach s bandwagon
RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilians returned to work yesterday happy but a little bit shaky from celebrating their soccer team’s 2-0 win over Germany in the World Cup final.
“Pentacampeao,” or five time champion, was splashed across the front page of most major newspapers.
The victory took many Brazilians, who until a few weeks ago had all but lost faith in the national team, by surprise.
“I couldn’t stop crying after the game they (the players) brought us much joy,” cab driver Ulisses Costa Ribeiro said.
The victory also silenced the bitter criticism of national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who many fans hated as much for his disciplined workmanlike approach to soccer as his failure to call up Vasco striker Romano for the World Cup.
Romano said Scolari “should remain as coach of the national team,” and that he held no grudge.
“He (Scolari) faced a lot of difficulties and put up with a lot of pressure, especially for not putting me on the team,” Romano said. “But he defended his own ideas and at all times was coherent and this is one of the qualities of a winner.”
Globo television featured a pair of newborn twins dressed in tiny yellow national team jerseys who were named Ronaldo and Rivaldo after the team’s two leading scorers.
President Fernando Henrique Cardoso declared today, the day the team returns from Japan, an optional holiday, allowing banks, businesses and schools to choose whether they want to stay open or not. _ Associated Press
Ronaldo (left) and Brazilian teammate Kleberson kisses the World Cup trophy Sunday night.
Ronaldo star of show
By Barry Wilnkr
YOKOHAMA, Japan — Senegal wasn’t supposed to beat France. The United States wasn’t supposed to scare the soccer powers. And Brazil, mighty Brazil, wasn’t supposed to run off with the World Cup.
It figures that in a tournament filled with surprises, soccer’s most accomplished country would be an unexpected winner of its fifth championship, two more than any other country.
But at the end of the first World Cup in Asia — and first with co-hosts — there stood Brazil, led by the revitalized Ronaldo.
“What created a big difference was the individual quality of each player, and that at certain times was the factor that brought superiority,” Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said.
Scolari was the mastermind of this Brazilian championship, and he had to work harder than most coaches just to get the South Americans into the tournament. Plagued by injuries and discord, Brazil nearly didn’t make it through qualifying, and was considered an outsider to the French, Argentines, Italians, Spaniards and Portuguese.
But while France was losing the opener to unheralded Senegal, then going scoreless and out of the World Cup after three games, Brazil was winning its group.
While Argentina was ousted right away, the Americans — on the way to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1930 — and the South Koreans combined to knock out Portugal.
South Korea, enlivened by its red-
“My great victory was to return to the pitch, to play soccer, to score goals”
clad fans who stood and sang throughout every match while millions watched on huge television screens in city plazas, won for the first time in six World Cup visits. Then it eliminated Italy and Spain to get to the semifinals, the best showing ever by an Asian team.
Turkey, in its first World Cup since 1954, also made a stunning surge into the semis. But it lost twice to Brazil, which ignored all the hubbub around it and sambaed into the title game against Germany.
The U.S. run ended with a 1-0 loss to the coldly efficient Germans in the quarter-finals. It was the best U.S. showing in a modern World Cup.
The Americans see it as a building block for the 2006 tournament in Germany.
Germany, a true bottom-line team, also ended South Korea’s dreams in the semifinals. Like Brazil, Germany was not a favourite this year despite a rich soccer history that includes three World Cup titles. Injuries and indifferent per
formances before the tournament made it a longshot.
Yet, in the final, there stood the two most successful countries in soccer history.
Ultimately, towering above everyone else, was Ronaldo.
His two goals in the final, the only scores of the game, gave him a tournament-high eight, the most since 1970. The 25-year-old striker also has 12 in his World Cup career, tying the greatest player of them all, Pele, among Brazilians.
The man who four years ago was ill and played poorly in a championship-game loss to France — then endured two years of knee injuries and operations — turned the World Cup into his very own showcase.
“My great victory was to return to the pitch, to play soccer, to score goals,” Ronaldo said. “I believe that even if we had lost, I had conquered my personal victory, which was to play again.”
Storm just misses gold
REGINA — The Wheat City Storm girls’ under-12 soccer team placed second at the Regina Soccerfest tournament over the weekend.
Swift Current United topped the Storm on penalty kicks in Sunday’s final.
The Storm had battled back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game 3-3 at the end of regulation.
Lisa Neilson, Danielle Rocan and Courtney Baxter scored for the Storm.
Yuen, Roth shine
Ryan Yuen and Gunther Roth
scored two goals apiece to lead Huggy’s Royals to a 4-3 victory over the J&M Fury last night in a Brandon Senior Men’s Soccer League game at Canada Games Park.
John Ray and Mike White tallied for the Fury, who trailed 3-0 at the half.
The Royals also scored an own-goal.
Manitoba drops final
WINNIPEG — The New Ulm Gold from Minnesota defeated the host Manitoba Youth Selects 6-2 yesterday in the final of the Canada Day Classic tournament.
Scott Smook drove in both Manitoba runs with a triple.
The Manitoba development team fell 8-0 to the Saskatoon Cubs in the fifth-place game.
The tournament was a tune-up for the Youth Selects as they prepare for the Baseball Canada Cup next month in Melville, Sask.
Wladimir Klitschko hammers Ray Mercer with a solid left Saturday night in Atlantic City, NJ.
Klitschko wants shot at two Lewis crowns
By John Curran
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Wladimir Klitschko might be headed for better things, and Ray Mercer for boxing oblivion after their WBO heavyweight championship fight Saturday night.
The 26-year-old Klitschko retained his title, stopping Mercer in the sixth round of a scheduled 12-rounder.
“I’m ready for the big fight,” Klitschko said. “I hope the next fight will be against Lennox Lewis.”
Lewis, who knocked out Mike Tyson earlier this month, holds the WBC and IBF titles.
Klitschko, an up-and-coming Ukrainian (39-1), knocked down Mercer in the first round and cut him in the fifth, using a powerful left jab that kept the rugged Mercer on the defensive throughout.
In the sixth, Klitschko backed Mercer into the ropes and unloaded a hard right hand that snapped Mercer’s head back and seemed to take the fight out of him.
Mercer (30-5-1) moved to the other rope but when Klitschko unloaded another flurry of punches and the blood streamed down Mercer’s face, referee Randy Neumann stepped in, ending it at 1:08 of the round.
“I never faced a guy with such a strong chin,” Klitschko said. “It’s the strongest chin in the world.”
The performance by the 6-foot-7, 243-pound Klitschko might cement his reputation as the heavyweight division’s next big thing.
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