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    PGA: Ford Championship (March 6-9)

    Ford Championship

    Fast Facts
    Total Purse: $5,000,000
    Winning Share: $900,000
    Defending Champ: Ernie Els (D)

    Course Profile
    Doral Golf Resort & Spa - Blue Monster
    Miami, FL
    Resort, $275/18
    This resort has five outstanding eighteen hole courses. Playing these courses is considered to be the ultimate golfing experience. Since there are a variety of courses to choose from, every conceivable kind of challenge is available.

    Scorecard Snapshot
    Tee Box Slope Rating Yardage
    White 118 69.7 6281
    Blue 125 72.2 6701
    Red 124 73 5392
    Gold 130 74.5 7125

    TV Schedule*
    Date Time Channel Program Notes
    Thu 03/06/03 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. USA -
    Fri 03/07/03 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. USA -
    Sat 03/08/03 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. NBC -
    Sun 03/09/03 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. NBC -
    *All times EST and are subject to change. Check local listings.

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    Tiger's taking the week off, having backed out of the Dubai Desert Classic, which Els is attending, as is Mark O'Meara.

    Mickelson is at home this week, expecting the arrival of their third kid. And Vijay Singh has pulled out because his pectoral muscle is still bothering him. That means none of the Top 4 players in the world are playing.

    But, the Doral course is one of the toughest on the PGA, and winds this weekend are expected to make the winning score a single-digit under-par win, leaving it open to just about anyone.

    Mike Weir is the odds-on favorite to win, with high odds also on Elkington, Lonard, and Toms. Oh, and keep an eye on Furyk and Price, the 2 underdogs who just may pull out something surprising.

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    It is a good opportunity for a lot of guys. The purse is a big one, and even a top ten finish can lock up your tour card.
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    Ford Championship leaderboard after Round 1:

    Ford Championship

    1 Rodney Pampling -8 F
    2 Bob Tway -7 F
    3 Scott Hoch -6 F
    3 Thomas Levet -6 F
    5 Marco Dawson -5 F
    5 Carlos Franco -5 F
    5 Brent Geiberger -5 F
    5 Shaun Micheel -5 F
    9 Jose Coceres -4 F
    9 James Furyk -4 F

    It was the first time Pampling has led after one round of a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since his even-par 71 in the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie, the toughest links in golf.

    What happened next is now part of golf trivia.

    Pampling is the only player in the 142-year history of the British Open to lead after the first round and then miss the cut. He had an 86 in the second round.

    Jack Nicklaus, 63, doesn't need to worry about taking someone's spot in the field. He birdied the last two holes for a 1-over 73, which left him nine strokes out of the lead but better off than several players half his age.

    Nicklaus, still trying to decide whether to play in his 44th Masters, hit an iron into 30 feet on the 528-yard eighth hole for a two-putt birdie, then holed a 15-foot putt on his final hole, the par-3 ninth.

    ``I have a nonexistent short game and it showed,'' Nicklaus said, rarely satisfied. ``I hit the ball decently, but I had some sloppy swings and that sort of killed the round.''

    Still, he was one stroke better than David Duval, who continues to struggle off the tee. Duval had to take an unplayable lie on the par-5 12th, leading to a double bogey, and he went out in 40 before rallying with an eagle-birdie start on his back nine.

    ``What do you do?'' Duval said. ``Come back and try again tomorrow.''

    He'll have to try hard to make the cut for only the second time in four stroke-play tournaments. Seventy-six players broke par on the Blue Monster, which no longer lives up to its reputation without blustery conditions.
    In Dubai:
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Scottish rookie Alastair Forsyth was the early clubhouse leader ahead of defending champion Ernie Els after carding 7-under-par 65 in the first round of the $1.9 million Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday.

    Els, the course record-holder, was one shot behind. England's Nick Dougherty and Greg Owen along with Germany's Sven Struver were 5-under in joint third place.

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    Leaderboard after Round 2:

    Ford Championship

    1 Bob Tway -11 -
    2 James Furyk -10 -
    3 Carlos Franco -9 -
    3 Rodney Pampling -9 -
    5 Scott Hoch -8 -
    6 Stephen Ames -7 -
    6 Brent Geiberger -7 -
    6 Cliff Kresge -7 -
    6 John Senden -7 -
    6 Mike Weir -7 -

    The 36-hole lead is a rare position for Tway, a former PGA champion who hasn't won on the PGA Tour in nearly eight years.

    He had a chance last year at Memorial, leading by one stroke going into the final round until he bogeyed the first two holes, shot 73 and finished three behind.
    Both Jack and Gary Nicklaus missed the cut, and David Duval also missed the cut by shooting an 80!!
    David Toms also missed the cut.

    In the Dubai, Ernie Els shares the lead Alastair Forsyth of Scotland, England's David Lynn and Finland's Mikko Ilonen after the second round.

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    Duval is completely lost now. Amazing really as that guy shot a 59 once.
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    Leaderboard after round 3:

    Ford Championship

    1 Scott Hoch -14 F
    1 Bob Tway -14 F
    3 Carlos Franco -13 F
    3 James Furyk -13 F
    5 Mike Weir -12 F
    6 Cliff Kresge -11 F
    6 Billy Mayfair -11 F
    6 Rodney Pampling -11 F
    9 Robert Gamez -10 F
    9 John Senden -10 F

    Scott Hoch finally found a swing that worked and a putting stroke that couldn't fail Saturday to shoot a 6-under 66 and share the lead with Bob Tway going into the final round of the Ford Championship at Doral.

    Ready to give up on the tournament for the second time this week, Hoch shortened his swing to compensate for a sore left wrist and went on a tear, making birdies on seven of his final 11 holes.

    He was at 14-under 202 and will play in the final group with Tway, who parred the final eight holes for a 3-under 69.

    ``After five holes, I told my caddie, 'It doesn't look like we're going to get it done today.' I was trying different swings and it wasn't working,'' Hoch said. ``All of a sudden, things clicked on No. 8 and I started hitting good shot after good shot.''

    Hoch, 47, will need plenty more of those in sweltering south Florida.

    Sunday is shaping up to be a shootout at Doral, with six others within three shots of the lead.
    In Dubai, after three rounds:

    Els, bidding for his fifth win of the season, starts the final round Sunday tied for first place on 13-under 203 with Scotland's Forsyth and England's Lynn, both of whom have been consistent on the fast Emirates Golf Club course.

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    I'll have more tomorrow morning, but Hoch and Furyk tied for the lead, went to sudden-death, and after a couple of holes, decided it was too dark to continue. So they'll continue playing sudden death tomorrow morning, to decide the winner.

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    It is amazing how dark it can get and the cameras still look good.
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    I guess I didn't mention it. Hoch won it.

    And even more exciting, in the Dubai Desert Classic, Robert-Jan Derksen, who was the 593rd-ranked golfer in the world, pulled out a miraculous win. Even more amazing, he only got a spot to play in the tournament when Tiger opted not to play.

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