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The Week June 15-21
June 28, 1999
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June 28, 1999

The Week June 15-21

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UP and Down

Payne Stewart

USGA clock-watchers

SeeMore putters

Lob wedges

Americans

Europeans

Scotland

Earl Woods

Austin Powers

LPGA

That's Entertainment

Tiger didn't win, but he did his share in making this U.S. Open spectacularly watchable. So did Phil Mickelson and Payne Stewart, whose putter should be requisitioned by NATO. The 7.9 overnight rating of NBC's Sunday telecast was an 18% increase over '98 and comes as no surprise. From John Daly's lunacy and Johnny Miller's rebuke to Tiger's heat and Phil and Amy's beeper, the Father's Day finale was one of the finest shows ever.

PGA

Stewart ranked 50th out of 68 in driving distance (255.3 yards) while winning the Open. Two months ago Jos� Mar�a Olaz�bal ranked second to last in that category while winning the Masters....

Only Stewart and Vijay Singh had more than one round in the 60s....

On Sunday, Stewart's total of 24 putts was bettered only by Dudley Hart, who had 23 while shooting 69 and moving from 46th to 17th place....

By finishing second, Mickelson jumped from 14th to eighth on the Ryder Cup points list.

LPGA

Se Ri Pak, who hadn't won since July 26 of last year, closed with a 66 to edge Trish Johnson by two strokes at the Shop-Rite LPGA Classic in Atlantic City. Pak is the defending champ at this week's LPGA Championship and next week's Jamie Farr Kroger Classic....

Pak birdied all nine of the par-5s over the event's three rounds....

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