A clutch shot and flawless performance by U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen. A rare collapse by Tiger Woods.
In a fitting end to the PGA Tour season, the unflappable Goosen closed with a 6-under-par 64 to win the Tour Championship by four shots yesterday and become just the third player to overtake Woods, who shot 2 over, in the final round.
Goosen made up a four-shot deficit on the front nine at East Lake in Atlanta and took the outright lead with a 35-foot birdie putt on the 13th.
"It was a great round," Goosen said. "I'm surprised to win by four strokes."
Losing a 54-hole lead almost never happens to Woods, although this has been a year like no other for him. His only victory was the Match Play Championship in late February, and he now has gone 20 stroke-play tournaments without winning, the longest drought of his career.
"Very disappointing," Woods said. "I felt like I had a golden opportunity to win a tournament."
* COLLEGES: Virginia won its first ACC women's soccer championship, beating defending national champion North Carolina on penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 tie.
Virginia goalie Christina de Vries saved the Tar Heels' final attempt as the Cavaliers (16-2-2) won the shootout, 5-4, in Cary, N.C.
The Cavaliers will receive the ACC's automatic NCAA tournament bid. North Carolina (18-0-2) failed to win the conference title for the first time since 1988.
* SOCCER: AC Milan played to a 1-1 tie with AS Roma, failing to take advantage of a loss by league leader Juventus in Italy's Serie A.
Andriy Shevchenko put Milan ahead before a home crowd in the sixth minute. But Roma was energized in the second half, and Vincenzo Montella tied the score with his league-leading ninth goal in the 48th minute.
In England, Manchester City held Manchester United to a 0-0 tie at Old Trafford.
City's defenders shut out United's attack of Alan Smith, Louis Saha and, later, Wayne Rooney, a late substitute. Smith was sent off with two minutes left.
City has not won at Old Trafford since 1974, but that didn't stop its fans from cheering the team off the field after the match.
"We're suffering at the moment," Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson said.
* FIGURE SKATING: U.S. national figure skating champion Johnny Weir won the NHK Trophy in Nagoya, Japan, for his first Grand Prix title.
Weir, who captured the free skate after holding the lead in the short program, had never before won a Grand Prix medal.
"There were a lot of firsts today," he said.
Weir received 146.20 points in the free skate for a 220.25 total. Countryman Timothy Goebel was second at 208.28.
* RUNNING: Frederick Cherono led a Kenyan sweep at the Athens Classic Marathon; Alemu Zinach of Ethiopia won the women's division.
Cherono finished in 2 hours 15 minutes 28 seconds. A 42-year-old Greek runner died of a heart attack early in the race. About 4,000 runners, including opposition Socialist leader George Papandreou, competed.
Zinach finished in 2:41:11.
* TENNIS: Marat Safin overpowered Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, with the help of 16 aces to win his record-tying third Paris Masters title. Safin, the 2000 U.S. Open champion, claimed his 14th career championship. . . .
Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo defeated Vera Zvonareva, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to successfully defend her Advanta Championship title in Villanova, Pa.
* HOCKEY: Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley was hit in the eye with a puck during a Swiss league game in Bern and could be sidelined for six weeks.
-- From News Services