Side Lines for Monday — October 03, 2005

• Jarrett wins at Talladega

• Han leads suspended Office Depot tourney

• Choi takes Chrysler

Jarrett wins at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Dale Jarrett’s voice was hoarse and choked with emotion. He had just won a frantic shootout to end a 98-race drought and steal the spotlight from NASCAR’s championship drivers.

Jarrett, a hardened veteran, could hardly believe what had happened Sunday during a crash-filled race at Talladega Superspeedway that shuffled the points standings and moved Tony Stewart back on top of the Nextel Cup leaderboard.

Jarrett, an also-ran most of the race, used a three-wide pass to challenge Tony Stewart for the lead on the final lap of a three-lap overtime shootout, then passed Stewart on the backstretch in the UAW-Ford 500 for his first victory since 2003 at the now-defunct North Carolina Speedway.

The final decision had Stewart second and in the points lead after the third of 10 Chase for the championship races.

Han leads suspended Office Depot tourney

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — South Korea’s Hee-Won Han had a one-stroke lead with 10 holes to play when the final round of the Office Depot Championship was suspended because of darkness Sunday.

Exceedingly slow play the first three days and a 3 1/2-hour delay because of dense fog Saturday have plagued the tournament in its first year at Trump National. Sunday’s suspension was the second in two days.

None of the 79 players who made the cut completed the third round.

Han was 9 under through eight holes when play was called. She had a career-best 65 Friday for a share of the lead and added a 68 Saturday.

Scotland’s Catriona Matthew and France’s Karine Icher were tied for second at 8 under. Matthew had completed 11 holes and was 3 under for the round, while Icher was 1 over through eight.

Choi takes Chrysler

GREENSBORO, N.C. — K.J. Choi had the look of a champion from the start.

That determination — and four consecutive birdies to open the final round — helped the South Korean star win the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro on Sunday. He cruised to a two-shot victory over Shigeki Maruyama to snap a three-year losing streak.

It was Choi’s first PGA Tour victory since 2002, when he won two tournaments during a breakthrough season. He finished with a 6-under 66 for a 22-under 266 total, one stroke short of Jesper Parnevik’s tournament record from 1999.

Maruyama shot a 67. First-round leader Charles Warren, who tied the Forest Oaks Country Club record of 62 before faltering a bit over the past two days, rebounded with a 65 to tie Brandt Jobe (67) and Jason Bohn (70) for third.


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