Everybody wins at Skins Game

Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002

INDIO, Calif. -- Tiger Woods won more skins. Phil Mickelson won more money. And when the first day of the Skins Game was finally over Saturday, everybody won something.

Mickelson made his debut in the event by hitting into the bushes three times, taking himself out of the hole twice, hitting one shot right-handed and walking off with $100,000 because of one good swing -- an 8-iron to 4 feet on the eighth hole for two skins.

Woods, coming off a 14-stroke victory in the 36-hole Grand Slam of Golf, won three skins and $75,000. He did most of his damage on the first six holes, which were worth $25,000 each.

Mark O'Meara won only one hole, but it was worth three skins and $75,000. After the first two holes were tied with pars, O'Meara hit a 5-iron into 2 feet for birdie on the 192-yard third hole.

Fred Couples made sure he wasn't shut out. Making his record-tying ninth Skins Game appearance, Couples hit a 5-iron from the rough on No. 9 to about 4 feet for an eagle and $50,000.

Nedbank Golf Challenge

SUN CITY, South Africa -- South Africa's Ernie Els shot a 3-under 69 to take a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Els, the 1999 and 2000 winner, had a 12-under 204 total in the 12-player tournament, which offers a first prize of $2 million -- the richest in golf.

Scotland's Colin Montgomerie shot a 65, the best round of the day, to match Chris DiMarco (72) at 208. Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke (71) and South Africa's Retief Goosen (70) were at 210.

Australian PGA

COOLUM, Australia -- Jarrod Moseley had a two-stroke lead over fellow Australian Aaron Baddeley when a thunderstorm forced the suspension of play in the Australian PGA. Only 38 of 62 starters completed the third round when the thunderstorm and lightning hit the Hyatt Coolum resort course.

Moseley, who began the round with a one-stroke lead over Baddeley, was 16 under after 10 holes. Baddeley bogeyed the 10th hole to fall two strokes behind.

Hong Kong Open

HONG KONG -- Argentina's Jorge Berendt shot a 7-under 62 for a share of the third-round lead with Wales' Stephen Dodd and Sweden's Henrik Nystrom in the Hong Kong Open. Dodd shot a 66, and Nystrom had a 63 to match Berendt at 12-under 195. Thailand's Boonchu Ruangkit, Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson, Scotland's Gary Orr, India's Arjun Singh and Zimbabwe's Tony Johnstone were a stroke back.

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