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BETHESDA---Tiger Woods spoke for some
20 minutes about the state of his game,
belly putters, the US Open and the AT&T
National. As he was wrapping up, he needed
just one word to cover the topic of Sergio
Asked if he had any thought of contacting
Garcia to make amends between the two,
Woods quickly answered: "No." He smiled.
Nearly everyone else in the room laughed.
Hardly the best of the friends, the Woods-
Garcia relationship hit petty proportions dur-
ing this month s Players Championship over
a dispute as to whether Woods inadvertently
or maliciously, or somewhere in between,
disrupted the Spaniard s swing when they
were paired together during the tournament s
Woods expression yesterday said it all:
They won t be calling a truce any time soon.
Woods was very much at ease as he looked
ahead to next month s US Open at Merion
near Philadelphia and the AT&T National,
which is run by his charitable foundation
and will be played again at Congressional
Country Club near Washington, DC.
His mood was hardly surprising, given
how well he s been playing. Woods already
has four PGA Tour wins this year and will
the defending champion at the AT&T,
NICE---Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan upset fifth-seeded
Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 yesterday to
reach the second round of the Open de Nice.
Pablo Andujar of Spain, Carlos Berlocq of Argentina
and Robin Haase of the Netherlands also advanced.
A semifinalist at the Madrid Open earlier this
month, Andujar downed former No 1 Lleyton Hewitt
6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the Australian s tournament debut.
The Spaniard will play Lu.
Berlocq didn t face a single break point in his 6-
2, 6-1 win over compatriot Leonardo Mayer. Haase
beat Marinko Matosevic of Australia 6-1, 6-4, breaking
serve three times in the opening set and jumping
out to a 5-1 lead in the second.
Haase will play fourth-seeded John Isner of the
United States. (AP)
Seppi at Nice
DUESSELDORF---Sixth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen
of Finland advanced to the second round of the
Power Horse Cup by beating Lukas Lacko of Slo-
vakia 6-3, 6-1 in Germany yesterday.
Brazilian qualifier Andre Gham defeated Go Soeda
of Japan 6-4, 6-0. Gham is ranked No 260 in the
world, Soeda is No 115.
Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain landed 80 per cent
of first serves to rally past Gilles Muller of Luxembourg
2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Muller committed seven double-faults.
Tobias Kamke defeated Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-
2 in an all-German match.
The clay-court tournament replaced the World
Team Cup and is a warm-up for the French Open,
the second Grand Slam of the year that starts Sunday.
into 2nd round at
Power Horse Cup
although it s now been nearly five years since he last
won a major.
"My game is coming around, and to have won
seven times the last couple years is something I m
proud of," he said. "It s not easy to do, but the swing
changes with (swing coach Sean Foley), I m starting
to see it now and starting to get the consistency."
Woods has never seen Merion, and he said he s
planning to play the course before tournament week
to chart the greens and get an overall feel.
"I don t know if it s hilly or it s flat," he said. "Is
it predominantly right to left, left to right? Whether
it s going to be the driver, or is it going to be the 3-
wood that week or 5-wood, I don t know. These are
all things that I ll get an understanding for when I
first go play it."
As for the AT&T National, Woods again reiterated
his desire to keep the tournament at Congressional.
The current deal with the club runs through next
year, and the club s members, some of whom aren t
happy with the annual disruptions that come with
hosting a PGA Tour event, are scheduled to vote later
this year whether to welcome the tournament for
another three years.
The PGA Tour is expected to announce Tuesday
whether to adopt a proposed rule banning the
anchored stroke usually associated with belly putters.
Woods supports the ban, which wouldn t take effect
"I hope they do it as soon as possible, to be honest
with you," he said. "I ve always felt that in golf you
should have to swing the club, control your nerves
and swing all 14 clubs, not just 13." (AP)
Just say 'no' to make-up between Woods, Garcia
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