Golfers Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods shake hands
American Tiger Woods and Spaniard Sergio Garcia shook hands on the U.S. Open practice range at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Garcia made a racially insensitive remark about Woods last month.
Garcia, Woods shake hands on range at U.S. Open site
American Tiger Woods and Spaniard Sergio Garcia shook hands Monday on the U.S. Open practice range at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
It was the first time they had seen each other since Garcia made a racially insensitive remark about Woods at a May 21 European Tour awards dinner in England. Garcia apologized the next day at a news conference.
Garcia and Woods sparred verbally during The Players Championship in Florida last month. At the European Tour function, Garcia was asked in jest if he would be inviting Woods to dinner during the U.S. Open.
Garcia’s reply, according to multiple media reports, was: “We’ll have him ’round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”
A fan at Merion took a picture of the handshake and posted it on Twitter. Woods and Garcia each have news conferences Tuesday.
Rain pounds Merion course
It was pouring rain at Merion, interrupting some practice rounds for the U.S. Open.
U.S. Golf Association officials expressed optimism the course will be playable for Thursday’s first round.
“It is maybe the best draining golf course I have ever seen,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said.
Four-time major winner Ernie Els said, “You’re not going to see a firm U.S. Open this year, I’m sorry. I don’t care if they get helicopters flying over the fairways, it’s not going to dry up.”
Many observers are predicting low scores.
As Lee Trevino, the 1971 Open champion at Merion, put it in Golf magazine, “If you can’t control the rain, Merion will get slaughtered.”
Stanley cuts it close
One of the ways to qualify for the U.S. Open was to be among the top 60 players in the Official World Golf Ranking released Monday.
In that ranking, Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor was at No. 60.
Stanley tees off at 10:47 a.m. PDT Thursday in a group with fellow Americans Joe Ogilvie and Luke Guthrie.
The 10:14 a.m. PDT threesome has the world’s three top-ranked players — No. 1 Woods, No. 2 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and No. 3 Adam Scott of Australia.
Oregon State reaches CWS
Oregon State edged Kansas State 4-3 in the deciding game of their best-of-three NCAA super regional in Corvallis, Ore.
The Beavers (50-11) advance to the eight-team College World Series in Omaha, Neb., and will open CWS play Saturday against Mississippi State (48-18).
Oregon State’s Danny Hayes hit a two-run homer in the second inning.
Kansas State (45-19) had the tying run on second base in the eighth inning and RJ Santigate singled to left. But Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto — a former Redmond High School standout — threw out Blair DeBord at the plate to end the inning and preserve the lead.
Ben Wetzler (9-1) was the winning pitcher. Matt Boyd, who played for Eastside Catholic High, got the save.
Dent of Florida St. is charged
Florida State receiver Greg Dent, 23, has been charged with sexual assault after a female friend accused him of trying to forcefully have sex with her at his apartment Sunday.
Dent was arraigned and released on $15,000 bond.
N. Dakota St. suspends LB
North Dakota State suspended standout linebacker Travis Beck, 21, from the program indefinitely. Beck, who has been charged with felony aggravated assault, allegedly hit a 24-year-old man until the man was unconscious in a weekend altercation in Fargo.
• Harvey Updyke Jr., 64, an Alabama fan who poisoned Auburn University’s landmark oak trees at Toomer’s Corner, has been released from jail after serving 76 days and cleared to leave the state.
Attorney Andrew Stanley said Updyke was on his way to Louisiana, where he will live with his wife, Elva.“He wants to go back to Louisiana and never wants to be heard from ever again,” Stanley said.
• The Breeders’ Cup will remain at Santa Anita in 2014, keeping the world championships at the Arcadia, Calif., track for the third consecutive year. The two-day event will be Nov. 1 and 2 this year and Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 next year.
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