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Playing Field

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

The games people play


Woods wins National, is 2nd on all-time list BETHESDA,


Tiger Woods won the storm-hit AT&T National on Sunday for his 74th career title to pass Jack Nicklaus for second place alltime on the PGA Tour list. Woods won for the third time this year by outlasting fellow American Bo Van Pelt in a backnine duel that went down to the final hole. “What an incredible week,” Woods said. “I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again.” Woods closed with a twounder 69, giving him a two-shot victory and moving him into second place on the tour’s career list, one ahead of Nicklaus. He needs eight more to equal Sam Snead. Woods, who finished at eightunder 276, took the lead on 17 where Van Pelt made bogey after his ball sailed over the green.

One driver killed in Mughal Road Rally

SRINAGAR: A driver was killed and his navigator critically injured on the last leg of the Mughal Road rally when their vehicle rolled into a deep gorge at Simthan in Anantnag district, officials said today. Jitender Singh lost control of his vehicle near Simthan last

Wiggins comes through ‘sketchy’ Tour start

evening while on the return leg of the Mughal road rally, they said. While Singh died on the spot, his navigator Ashish Mahajan was critically injured and has been admitted to a hospital. The condition of Mahajan has shown no signs of improvement since last night, doctors attending on him said. The third Mughal Road Car Rally began here on Saturday with 93 teams including Kashmir’s first motorsport team, Baba Reshi Lions. It is scheduled to be flagged in later in the day. The 600-kilometre rally passes through the historic Mughal road that was once traversed by the caravans of Mughal kings. PTI

What an incredible week. I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again. Tiger Woods All Woods had to do was maintain the lead on the final hole. He sealed the victory with a superb nine-iron approach that landed and rolled onto the flat part of the green on 18. “It was downhill, the wind was hot and the ball was flying,”

said Woods, who also won at Muirfield Village and Bay Hill this year. “It fit my eye for some reason. I just saw it and hit it.” His win capped a bizarre week of golf at the Congressional Country Club course. A violent heat-fuelled storm wreaked havoc on the course, blowing down trees and forcing organizers to shut the course to spectators on Saturday, making for a peculiar scene as the golfers teed off without galleries. “Yesterday was a silent day, but I think everyone saved it up for today,” Woods said after the spectators were allowed back on the course on Sunday. The clean-up operation was extensive and the players still had to navigate some small piles of debris, just off some of the fairways, that didn’t get cleared in time for the final round. AFP


No matter where he plays or against which bowler, Chris Gayle is always in a punishing mood. That the West Indies board lifted the ban on him augurs well for world cricket. Fans in Florida will endorse AFP that after his showing against the New Zealand in the two Twenty20 on Saturday and Sunday. SERAING, BELGIUM: Tour de France favourite Bradley Wiggins stayed in the hunt for the race’s yellow jersey Sunday after a “sketchy” finale to stage one that took down Sky teammate Michael Rogers. In a thrilling finale won by Slovakian Peter Sagan just ahead of race leader Fabian Cancellara, Wiggins stayed out of trouble to finish 16th and stay second overall at 07sec behind Swiss powerhouse Cancellara. Wiggins’ main rival Cadel Evans finished 20th in the same time, meaning the Londoner retains his 10sec lead on the Australian, who won the race in

2011. Because Team Sky had dominated the teams’ classification in the opening prologue on Saturday, the team started the 198km stage from Liege to Seraing wearing yellow helmet covers, in accordance with new race rules. Wiggins was also dressed, uncharacteristically, in the green jersey usually worn by the sprinters during the points competition. Heading into Monday’s second stage from Vise to Tournai, the helmet covers will remain although Liquigas rider Sagan will wear the green jersey because he is second in the points competition after Cancellara, who is in yellow. AFP

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