Woods, Toms to tangle in Match Play final

Posted: Sunday, March 02, 2003

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Pushed to the limit for the first time all week, Tiger Woods advanced to the final of the Match Play Championship on Saturday by making a clutch 5-foot par putt on the 19th hole and then watching Adam Scott miss from 3 feet.

Woods will play a 36-hole match against David Toms, who also survived a scare in another nail-biter against Peter Lonard. Toms missed 4-foot putts on the 15th and 17th holes, only to recover on the final hole by making a 10-foot birdie putt.

After 62 matches in five rounds over four days at La Costa Resort, it all comes down to Woods against Tom with a $1,050,000 check riding on the outcome.

Woods is in the final for the second time in four years. Darren Clarke beat him 4 and 3 in the 2000 tournament. A victory Sunday would give Woods another slam -- the first player to win all four of the World Golf Championship events since their inception in 1999.

Earlier Saturday in the quarterfinals, Toms knocked out Jerry Kelly, 4 and 3; Lonard beat Clarke, 1-up; Scott beat Jay Haas, 2 and 1; and Woods continued to dominate his opponents with a 5-and-4 win over Scott Hoch.

Chrysler Classic of Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Frank Lickliter II edged closer to his second PGA Tour victory, and first since a drastic makeover in his golf swing, by widening his lead to four strokes after three rounds of the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.

Lickliter shot an unspectacular 2-under 70, but his closest competitors when the day began all faltered badly. He was at 16-under 200 through 54 holes.

Women's Australian Open

SYDNEY, Australia -- Scotland's Mhairi McKay won the Women's Australian Open on Sunday for her first professional title, rallying to spoil Laura Davies' bid for an Australian sweep.

McKay, six strokes behind Davies early in the round, birdied Nos. 13, 14, 15 and 16 en route to a 5-under 67 and an 11-under 277 total on the Terrey Hills course. The former Stanford player, a regular on the LPGA Tour, earned $45,000.

Davies, the ANZ Ladies Masters winner last week on the Gold Coast, closed with a 72 to finish a stroke back. The English star opened with rounds of 65 and 68 and shot a 73 on Saturday.

Australia's Rachel Teske shot a 69 to finish third at 9 under. Australian star Karrie Webb, the 2002 winner, shot a 75 to tie for 20th at 3 under.

Jacob's Creek Open

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Former Duke star Joe Ogilvie won the Nationwide Tour's Jacob's Creek Open on Sunday, closing with a 1-over 72 to hold off Australia's Shane Tait by a stroke.

Ogilvie, who spent the last four years on the PGA Tour, had a 5-under 279 total on the Kooyonga course. He earned $90,000 for his third career victory on the PGA Tour's developmental tour.

Tait finished with a 71.

The tournament, co-sanctioned by the Australasian tour, was the first under the PGA Tour's five-year deal with Nationwide, which replaced Buy.com as the title sponsor.

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