Side Lines for Monday — October 10, 2005

• Tiger outlasts John Daly in dramatic faceoff

• Asashoryu wins Grand Sumo Las Vegas

Tiger outlasts John Daly in dramatic faceoff

SAN FRANCISCO — In a phenomenal display of power between golf’s two biggest sluggers, Tiger Woods outlasted John Daly in the American Express Championship because of a 3-foot putt.

Woods made up two shots over the final three holes Sunday to force a playoff, then won on the second extra hole when Daly three-putted for bogey from 15 feet on the 16th, badly pulling his short par putt.

It was a somber end to a riveting afternoon along the shores of Lake Merced, where some 20,000 fans crammed along the fairways and cypress trees were treated to 350-yard drives and drama rarely seen this side of a major.

Woods closed with a 2-under 68 and won this World Golf Championship for the fourth time, the fourth PGA Tour event that he has won at least four times. It was his sixth victory of the year, and given a bad swing and ribs that required treatment, it was as impressive as any.

Daly shot 69 and had two chances to win. He missed a 16-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation, then had a birdie putt from 15 feet on the second extra hole that just grazed the left side of the cup. Fans scrambled to the next hole, none of them imagining that Daly would miss.

Asashoryu wins Grand Sumo Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Asashoryu, the reigning grand champion, defeated the two opponents he lost to in Friday’s and Saturday’s championship matches to claim the Grand Sumo Championship Las Vegas on Sunday.

After reaching the previous day’s finals only to lose to a pair of Ozekis, the second-highest rank, Tochiazuma and Chiyotaikai, Asashoryu won the third and final day’s championship by using an over arm throw to defeat Hakuho.

The 6-foot, 322-pound Asashoryu then advanced to the Grand Championship to face Tochiazuma and Chiyotaikai.

After Tochiazuma defeated the 5-9, 322-pound Chiyotaikai, Asashoryu used a frontal force out to win against the 5-9, 331-pound Tochiazuma and an over arm throw to defeat Chiyotaikai.

Asashoryu, a 25-year-old from Mongolia, won five of his seven Sunday matches with over arm throws and two with frontal force outs.

He defeated Miyabiyama by using an over arm throw in the semifinals. Miyabiyama had beaten Chiyotaikai in the quarterfinals.

Asashoryu then beat Hakuho in Sunday’s finals.


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