Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, September 09, 2001

Rudd wins Monte Carlo 400

RICHMOND, Va. -- Veteran Ricky Rudd showed Kevin Harvick that experience counts Saturday night, passing the aggressive rookie with six laps to go and winning the Monte Carlo 400 Winston Cup race.

Rudd, who became the second driver in a span of six laps to be bumped off the lead by Harvick on the 383rd of 400 laps, passed Harvick back on the inside of the fourth turn to win for the second time this season.

It was the Virginia native's second victory at Richmond International Raceway, but first since 1984, and allowed him to climb within 222 points of leader Jeff Gordon, who crashed early and limped home in 36th place.

Harvick hung on for second place, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett and Rusty Wallace, who had dominated for most of the race.

In the end, though, it was Rudd teaching Harvick a short track lesson to the delight of a crowd of 100,000 who hold Rudd as a hometown hero.

Verplank holds one-stroke lead at Canadian Open

MONTREAL -- Scott Verplank shot a 4-under-par 66 Saturday and held a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Canadian Open.

Verplank was at 11-under 199, the lowest 54-hole score ever at Royal Montreal.

Dicky Pride, who led after two rounds, bounced his approach off the bleachers on the 18th and made bogey for a 69. He was one stroke behind along with Paul Gow (66), trying to become the first Australian to win at Royal Montreal since Jim Ferrier in 1950.

Tiger Woods finished with a 69 and was eight strokes out of the lead.

Bob Estes had his seventh straight round in the 60s, a 3-under 67 and was at 201. Another stroke back was Sergio Garcia and Sam Randolph, the 1985 U.S. Amateur champion who got in as the 22nd alternate.

John Daly had a 64 and was one of a dozen players within five strokes of the lead.

Allianz Championship

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Jim Thorpe, coming off his first victory of the season, capped a 6-under-par 65 with an 18-foot birdie putt and held a one-shot lead after two rounds of the inaugural Allianz Championship.

Thorpe's closing birdie got him to 9-under 133, one shot ahead of Tom Kite and Isao Aoki, who also shot a 65, his lowest round of the year.

Bruce Lietzke was another stroke back at 7-under.

First-round leader Gil Morgan shot an even-par 71, and was 6-under for the tournament, tied with John Jacobs and Dave Stockton.

Williams Championship

TULSA, Okla. -- Donna Andrews set a course record with a career-best 8-under-par 62 and took a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the inaugural Williams Championship.

Andrews, who called a penalty stroke on herself on the 18th hole, started the round two shots behind co-leaders Kelly Robbins and Gloria Park and ended it at 8-under 132.

Andrews had six birdies in a front-nine 29 and appeared headed for a chance at becoming the second woman in history to shoot a 59 after adding birdies at Nos. 10, 12 and 15.

After a bogey at 16, she had another birdie on 17, but took a one-stroke penalty on the final hole after telling officials that she double-hit her final putt.

Andrews broke the Tulsa Country Club record of 64, which had been tied earlier in the day by Karen Weiss.

Rachel Teske, Rosie Jones and Wendy Ward, were at 136. Jones shot a 65 Saturday, while Ward had a 66 and Teske a 67.

European Masters

CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland -- Ricardo Gonzalez had an eagle and three birdies en route to a 3-under-par 68 and a two-stroke lead through three rounds of the European Masters.

The 31-year-old Argentine, seeking his first European PGA tour title, was at 13 under 200 for 54 holes on the 6,846-yard mountain course.

New Zealand's Stephen Scahill had a 68 and was at 11 under.

England's Greg Owen and Denmark's Soren Hansen were tied at 10-under after 68s.

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