AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods is the Masters champion once again, turning back a surprising challenge Sunday with a shot of sheer magic and a birdie putt to win a playoff he never expected.
A spectacular finish of birdies and bogeys finally ended when Woods produced the most important shot of all: a 15-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to capture his fourth green jacket and finally put away the gritty Chris DiMarco.
The Missouri softball team completed a two-game sweep of Texas Tech with a 3-1 victory Sunday in Lubbock, Texas. The Tigers moved to 31-6 overall and 5-3 in the Big 12 Conference.
Senior pitcher Erin Kalka (4-3) allowed three hits and struck out five to earn the win.
Texas A&M had a good day Saturday. The Aggies started the game with a home run. They pounded out nine hits in five innings.
But they lost to the red-hot Missouri baseball team anyway.
Carl Edwards had just spent more than three hours driving Jack Roush’s No. 99 Ford around Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga.
The 25-year-old Columbia native was stiff and sore, but excited.
Erica Josbena helped the Missouri women’s tennis team get back on track.
The Tigers had lost three straight matches before defeating Kansas State 5-2 on Friday at Green Tennis Center.
Parkway West and Parkway Central took turns traveling back and forth down Providence to face Rock Bridge and Hickman on Saturday.
The Bruins and Kewpies had contrasting days against the Parkway schools. Rock Bridge defeated Parkway Central 8-1 in its morning match and followed suit in the afternoon winning 9-0 against Parkway West. Hickman lost 5-4 to Parkway West in its early match and then lost 6-3 to Parkway Central.
The erratic play of Missouri running back Tony Temple exemplified the Tiger offense at the team’s scrimmage Saturday.
One offensive series, the sophomore fumbled a pitch from quarterback Brad Smith. The next, he broke multiple tackles on his way to a 25-yard touchdown run.
Racing fans thought Carl Edwards would only be there to sign autographs.
As it turned out, the NASCAR star did more.
The Missouri women’s golf team will try to finish the regular season well today and Monday in the Susie Maxwell Berning Golf Classic in Norman, Okla.
It will be the No. 16 Tigers’ final tune-up before the Big 12 Conference Tournament on April 22-24 in Austin, Texas. With five other Big 12 teams at the tournament in Norman, the Tigers should know what to expect in two weeks.
The hole was set up perfectly. Straight up the hill, maybe 200 feet away, the soft green light of a glow stick could be seen hanging around the top of the 18th hole.
Missouri got unlucky on a close call in the bottom of the ninth inning of a tie game. Then Gary Arndt came to the plate and made everybody forget about it.
The No. 23 Tigers beat No. 18 Texas A&M 2-1 Friday night at Taylor Stadium in a well-played game.
The Hickman girls’ swimming and diving team defeated Rock Bridge and Glendale in a dual meet on Friday at Hickman. Rock Bridge also dropped its meet against Glendale.
Spencer Laurie, a sophomore guard for the Missouri men’s basketball team, has decided to transfer at the end of the spring semester, the Missouri athletic department announced Thursday.
“Spencer has epitomized what being a student-athlete and teammate is all about,” Missouri coach Quin Snyder said in a release. “I appreciate all of the contributions he has made while he has been here and the attitude he brought to the court each and every day. We wish him nothing but the best.”
It took Kenny Edwards a while, but he is finally venturing into the family business.
The younger brother of NASCAR star and Columbia native Carl Edwards will compete in his first race Saturday night at 24 Raceway, just east of Moberly.
C.J. Mosley and Atiyyah Ellison were the foundation of a Missouri defense that was No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference in yards allowed last season. The duo, which started every game in the interior of the defensive line last season, is gone now.
But Ellison exhausted his eligibility and Mosley decided to leave the Tigers for the NFL a year early. Rebuilding the line is perhaps the Tigers’ biggest need on defense.
The Missouri women’s tennis team will try to get back on track this weekend when they play host to Kansas State at 2 p.m. today and Kansas at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Tigers (12-5, 2-4), ranked No. 47 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings, have lost their past three matches, all Big 12 Conference contests. The most recent was a tough 5-2 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday. The Tigers were swept in doubles, which led them to emphasize that this week in practice.
Hickman captured the William Woods Tournament title on Thursday at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton.
Hickman led the 12-team field with a score of 310. Jefferson City finished second with 314 and Helias was third with 316. Drew Wier and Kyle Kovar led the Kewpies with 76s. Nick Wilson added a 77 and D.J. Chung shot 81.
Lost in Missouri’s series win against Texas Tech last weekend were the struggles of a key group of Tiger hitters: the top three in the order. The Tigers scored 25 runs on 13 hits in Friday’s win, but even in that impressive offensive performance the top three spots were a combined 1-for-14. Saturday was another Tiger win but another rough day for Bryson LeBlanc, Derek Chambers and John McKee. They went 0-for-10.
Those top-of-the-order woes finally hurt the No. 23 Tigers in Sunday’s 5-3 loss. The top three spots were 1-for-14 without a run scored.
For the first time at home this season, the Hickman girls’ soccer team was the one shut out.
Unable to use their normal rotation, the Kewpies lost 5-0 to the St. Teresa’s Academy Stars on Thursday at Cosmopolitan Park. Coach Jon Strodtman put the blame on himself.
Rock Bridge’s Karissa Nedoma was racing down the right side of the field when a precise pass reached her feet.
Sophomore Erin Bucko placed the ball in front of Nedoma with just enough space for her to hit a shot into the back of the net to break a tie midway through the second half.