Tiger Woods demonstrated Sunday that even superstars are not immune to the cruelties of golf.
The 21-year-old phenom struggled over the final 10 holes and allowed David Frost to overcome a three-shot deficit and escape with an unlikely victory in the MasterCard Colonial at Fort Worth, Texas.
After victories at the Masters last month and the Byron Nelson Classic last week, Woods saw his quest for a third consecutive triumph almost disappear in a watery grave on No. 9 and brutally die with a double-bogey at 17.
“I didn’t play well all day,” Woods said after stumbling in with a 2-over 72 that left him at 268, three shots off the lead and tied for fourth with Paul Goydos (71). “I was hitting a lot of long iron shots over the green, and then I finally hit one short on 9 where there was water.”
An early head-to-head duel between Woods and David Ogrin who led the field by one stroke after three rounds, overshadowed Frost’s steady climb up the leader board.
But Frost birdied Nos. 6 and 7 with 3-footers to go 15-under and was suddenly a serious contender.
“I putted like a pig on the back nine,” said Ogrin, who shot himself in the foot with three bogeys and a 38 on the incoming nine. Like Woods, he finished with a 72 and tied for second with Brad Faxon at 13-under.
Daly ready to return
John Daly, trim and rested and admittedly anxious to get back on the PGA Tour, returned to pro golf after a two-month layoff for alcohol rehabilitation by playing in a nine-hole exhibition.
Daly, who left the tour after an angry outburst in March but is entered in next weekend’s Memorial Tournament, was quiet but cordial while playing before 750 invitation-only spectators on an $18 million private course at Farmington, Pa., about 75 miles south of Pittsburgh.
Daly, who spent a month in the Betty Ford Center and is regularly attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Rain can’t wash out Eastwood’s win
Bob Eastwood became a Senior PGA Tour champion for the first time when rain washed out the final round of the $1 million Bell Atlantic Golf Classic at Malvern, Pa.
Eastwood had a one-stroke lead entering the final round, but more than an inch of rain washed that out.
Play was suspended at 11:30 a.m., after Dan Wood and Gene Littler completed rounds that were later disregarded, and the tournament was finally cancelled at 1:46 p.m.
Jones wins again at Corning Classic
Rosie Jones made a 40-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Tammie Green and win the LPGA Corning Classic at Corning, N.Y., for the second consecutive year.
Jones shot a 7-under-par 65 and overcame a four-stroke deficit in the final round before nailing the long, uphill putt on the playoff hole.
Sorenstam wins $220,000
First-day leader Annika Sorenstam converted a 6-foot putt worth $140,000 on the 14th hole and finished with $220,000 to win the title in the JCPenney-LPGA Skins Game at Frisco, Texas.
Davies, shut out over the opening nine holes, made a 12-footer worth $140,000 and five skins.
Skins Game rookie Karrie Webb pocketed $100,000, including a skin worth $40,000 at the first extra hole. Dottie Pepper finished with $80,000, the highest last-place finish in the LPGA Skins Game.
Woosnam leads in PGA Euro tourney
Nick Faldo three-putted the 17th hole, took two shots to get out of a fairway bunker at the 18th and remained two strokes behind Ian Woosnam after three rounds in the Volvo PGA Championship at Virginia Water, England.
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