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Woods won't play Memorial

May 24, 2008|Thomas Bonk | From Times Wire Services

Tiger Woods, who has been out for more than five weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, did not put his name on the list to play next week's $6-million Memorial, and apparently won't return to competition until the U.S. Open, June 12-15.

Woods hasn't played since finishing second at the Masters.

The Memphis tournament follows the Memorial and is the week before the Open. Woods' normal routine is not to play the tournament the week before a major.

Woods had until Friday afternoon to make his official decision whether to come back next week. He is a three-time winner at the Memorial, played at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

Woods underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee April 15.

-- Thomas Bonk

Phil Mickelson had 11 one-putts and converted all six sand saves in a two-under 68 to take the lead after the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth. He leads Matt Kuchar (64), Brian Gay (65) and Johnson Wagner (71) by one stroke.

Closing with a 25-foot putt for birdie, Tom Purtzer shot a 67 and has a one-shot lead after the second round of the $2-million 69th Senior PGA Championship at Rochester, N.Y.

Dina Ammaccapane, who had six birdies and three bogeys, shot her second consecutive 69 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Corning Classic in Corning, N.Y.

COLLEGE GOLF

USC beats UCLA for NCAA women's title

USC won the NCAA women's golf team championship, defeating UCLA by six strokes at Albuquerque.

"I can't believe it," top USC player Belen Mozo said. "Give me a few hours, then I might. What's disappointing is there's nobody left on campus to celebrate. School's out and everybody's left."

Arizona State's Azahara Munoz rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the first hole of sudden death to win the individual title over UCLA's Tiffany Joh.

TENNIS

Federer will play Querrey in first round

Top-ranked Roger Federer will face Sam Querrey of Thousand Oaks in the first round of the French Open, which begins Sunday.

Maria Sharapova is the top-seeded woman following the retirement of four-time champion Justine Henin.

Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko will play defending champion Juan Monaco in the final of the Hypo Group International today at Poertschach, Austria.

In the semifinals, Davydenko beat Igor Kunitsyn, 6-3, 6-2, and No. 2-seeded Monaco defeated Ivan Ljubicic, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4).

MISCELLANY

'Pacman' Jones pays Las Vegas debt

Suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones paid $20,000 to a Las Vegas casino to settle a criminal bad check case.

Jones paid the money to cover three casino markers he received Sept. 3 at Caesars Palace, said Bernie Zadrowski, chief of the district attorney's bad check unit.

Washington and Louisiana State will play a home-and-home series, with the Tigers visiting the Huskies to start the 2009 football season. Washington will visit in 2012.

Johnny Benson earned the top qualifying spot for today's NASCAR Craftsman Trucks race at Mansfield, Ohio.

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