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Bring on Masters: Woods leads home club to title with 65

By Wire services
Published March 29, 2006


ORLANDO - In his final tuneup for the Masters, Tiger Woods shot 7-under 65 Tuesday to lead Isleworth to a 171/2-121/2 victory over Lake Nona in the Tavistock Cup.

Isleworth improved to 2-0-1 in the series between tour professionals who belong to the two private clubs in Orlando.

The final round was two-man teams playing stroke play, with four points available in each of the five matches. Isleworth won 111/2 of the 20 points available.

Woods had the low round of the day, winning two points by beating Lake Nona captain Ernie Els (72) and Champions Tour player Mark McNulty (68).

MASTERS: Chris DiMarco, who skipped the Players Championship last week after suffering a rib injury while skiing, said he's ready to play next week at Augusta National. The former Gator also will play in this week's BellSouth Classic.

WOMEN'S SENIOR TOUR: The six-year-old tour is changing its name in an effort to generate more interest from fans and financial support from sponsors. Composed of players 45 and older, it will be known as the Legends Tour and also will have a new annual event between teams of 12 U.S.-born players and 12 international players. The event is set for Dec. 16-17 at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine.

TENNIS: Roddick rules

Instant replays cost No. 4 seed Andy Roddick back-to-back points as he nursed a third-set lead, but he accepted the overrules without complaint and beat qualifier Simon Greul 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne. He'll play No. 11 David Ferrer, who beat No. 29 Olivier Rochus 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2), 7-5.

No. 1 Roger Federer took 58 minutes to eliminate unseeded Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 6-3 and will face No. 9 James Blake of Tampa, who rallied past No. 32 Juan Ignacio Chela 4-6, 6-1, 6-0. . Also reaching the quarterfinals were David Nalbandian, Agustin Calleri, Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic.

On the women's side, No. 1-seeded Amelie Mauresmo and No. 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced to a semifinal matchup Friday. Mauresmo beat No. 5 Nadia Petrova 6-3, 6-1 and Kuznetsova defeated No. 21 Ai Sugiyama 6-0, 7-6 (7-4).

DAVIS CUP: Andy Roddick, James Blake and twins Bob and Mike Bryan were chosen by U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe to face Chile in the quarterfinals April 7-9 on grass courts at Rancho Mirage, Calif. It's the same quartet that beat Romania 4-1 in the first round.

PRO LEAGUE: Pete Sampras was the No. 1 overall pick in the World Team Tennis draft, chosen by the Newport Beach Breakers.

ET CETERA

SKIING: Bode Miller closed out his season by winning the giant slalom in the national championships at Carrabassett Valley, Maine. He began the championships by winning the downhill.

COLLEGES: The Florida women's tennis team (13-1) handed Duke (10-5) its first home loss of the season, 4-1. ... The USF men's golf team finished seventh among 12 teams in the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate, 27 strokes behind host and winner Southeastern Louisiana.

OBITUARY: Leslie MacMitchell, the United States' best young mile runner just before World War II and the first college undergraduate (NYU) to win the Sullivan Award as the nation's outstanding amateur athlete, died March 21 in San Jose, Calif. He was 85.