Phil Mickelson thinks he might have made a mistake by playing so much golf during the silly season. Being paired with Tiger Woods only made it look worse yesterday at the Target World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Woods birdied all the par 5s, took 11 putts on the front nine and laughed when his worst swing of the day wound up two feet from the hole. When the round was over, he had a 7-under-par 65 and a one-stroke lead over Davis Love III and Padraig Harrington.

Woods was at 11-under 133 and left Mickelson in the dust.

"He had a tough day," Woods said after playing with his chief rival for fifth time in their last eight rounds. "From what I could see, he had a tough time driving the ball."

Mickelson finished with a 2-over 74, offered no excuses and questioned only why he was playing so late in the year.

Mickelson typically takes at least two months off when the PGA Tour season ends to spend time with his family. Because his wife is expecting their third child -- a boy -- in late March, he wanted to play more while he can.

"I might have made a mistake playing in the offseason," Mickelson said. "I'm not playing well, and I'm having a hard time getting motivated to work on it."

Winter Sports

Gerg Wins Downhill

Hilde Gerg of Germany won the first World Cup downhill of the season, with Kirsten Clark of the United States taking third in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Gerg clocked 1 minute 33.72 seconds for her first victory at Lake Louise, where she had four runner-up finishes. She won a Super-G race last week in Colorado. Olympic champion Carole Montillet of France was second in 1:33.92. Clark's time was 1:34.05. . . .

In Bormio, Italy, Apolo Anton Ohno won the 1,500-meter final at the World Cup short-track speedskating meet. Ohno has two victories in both his races at the distance this season. He beat the Canadian duo of Jean-Francois Monette and Jonathan Guilmette, winning the race in 2:20.348 seconds. Monette finished in 2:20.531, and Guilmette 2:20.936. . . .

Austrian Olympic figure skating gold medalist Wolfgang Schwarz was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his involvement in a plan to smuggle women into the country and force them into prostitution. Schwarz, who won the gold in men's figure skating at the 1968 Olympics, was arrested in Vienna last March. Police charged him with procuring visas for seven young women who were smuggled from Eastern European countries to work in brothels.


Lewis Wins Judgment

Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis won a $1.175 million judgment, then lashed out against those who didn't support him in his suit against a lawyer accused of failing to protect his interests.

"Obviously they weren't behind me," Lewis said after he emerged from a federal courtroom in New York. "They profess that they're with me but they're not."

A jury of seven women and one man awarded the damages after Lewis accused the lawyer, Milton Chwasky, of letting promoter Panos Eliades siphon money from the boxer's expense account. Lewis won an $8 million verdict against Eliades for fraud in February.


Gallaudet Joins Club

The Gallaudet football program will cease to compete at a Division III level and will become a club team next season, Athletic Director James DeStefano announced. The Bison played a club schedule from 1995 to 1999 and returned to NCAA competition in 2000. Gallaudet has gone 3-24 since.

Horse Racing


Seven Maryland-bred horses, led by multiple stakes winning turf runner La Reine's Terms, will represent Maryland in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Great State Challenge today at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston. The event matches horses from 11 breeding states in six $275,000 races under a variety of conditions. Riders Mario Pino, Ramon Dominguez and Horatio Karamanos have mounts in three of the six races. The Great State Challenge will be simulcast at Laurel Park, Pimlico and all Maryland off-track betting outlets. . . .

The $40,000 Toddler Stakes, a race for 2-year-old fillies scheduled for today at Laurel Park, has been canceled because of lack of entries. A companion race for colts, the $40,000 Primer Stakes, attracted nine runners led by favorite Mt. Carson from trainer Rodney Jenkins's barn.