Love shows control in taking 4-shot lead Woods, 16, misses cut in L.A. Open

GOLF

February 29, 1992

LOS ANGELES -- While Davis Love III no longer draws oohs and aahs from the crowd with his tape-measure drives, the shot control he gained in the trade-off helped him to open a four-stroke lead yesterday in the Nissan Los Angeles Open.

Tiger Woods, the 16-year-old high school sophomore who became the youngest player ever in a PGA tournament, shot a second-round 75 and missed the cut.

Love shot 10 birdies on his way to an 8-under-par 63 at Riviera Country Club. His 36-hole total of 130 is a tournament record, one shot better than Michael Allen two years ago.

At 12-under-par midway through the event, Love held a 4-shot edge on Tom Sieckmann and Sandy Lyle. Sieckmann had a second-round 68 and Lyle a 67.

Although conditions were ideal at Riviera, first-round leader Wayne Levi slipped to a 73 and fell seven shots off the pace.

Love still ranks as one of the longest hitters in golf, averaging about 270 yards off the tee. But he had difficulty controlling his tee shots in the past and has changed to a different golf ball that doesn't carry as far.

"I've only hit four bad drives here and three of them led to three of my four bogeys," said Love, who played in a threesome with John Daly and generally was 15 yards or so behind Daly -- the tour's longest hitter -- off the tee.

Woods, a sophomore at Western High in nearby Anaheim, shot a 72 the first day of the tournament. After his 75 yesterday, he said, "I'm very disappointed I didn't make the cut. But it was a learning experience, and I learned I'm not that good.

"I think it was the greatest two days of my life. When I hit a bad shot, people still clapped. When I two-putted for a bogey, they still clapped."

WAILEA, Hawaii -- Canadian Dawn Coe birdied the final two holes to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds.

Coe, who started the day in a six-way tie for first place, shot 69 at the par-72 Blue Course at Maui's Wailea resort. She stands FTC 9-under-par at 207 entering today's final round.

Missie Berteotti, Cindy Rarick and Michelle Mackall are tied for second. At 209 is Sally Little. Eight others are within four shots of the lead.

Coe, searching for her first victory in nine years on the LPGA Tour, took the lead early in the round with birdie putts of 5 feet at the second hole and 12 feet at the fourth.

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Lee Trevino and Chi Chi Rodriguez combined for a 64 to help the United States take a 15-5 lead over the International team in the first round at the Tournament Players Club at Prestancia.

The Americans won three of the four best-ball stroke-play matches, with each victory worth five points in the team standings.

Today's four alternate-shot matches will be worth eight points each, and tomorrow's eight individual stroke-play matches will be worth six points apiece.

"I hope we can play as well Saturday as we did today," American captain Miller Barber said. "Jim Colbert is playing extremely well lately, but I'm pleased with the way all of our guys played. We would like to have won all the matches, but we feel fortunate to have won three out of the four."

The Americans have won the event five out of six times.

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