Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the world's No. 1- and 2-ranked players, were paired together in Sunday's final round of The Tour Championship for the second time in the tournament, but the fireworks were few.
The rivals, who both wore black for the final round, didn't have many red (under par) numbers in either round they played together.
In Thursday's opening round, Mickelson shot even-par 70 and Woods 71. On Sunday, Mickelson beat Woods again, 69-70.
For the tournament, Mickelson finished tied for fifth, seven shots behind winner Vijay Singh. Woods tied for seventh place, eight shots back.
ON TARGET: Jerry Kelly had the most spectacular shot in Sunday's final round, holing out a 4-iron shot for an ace on the uphill, 205-yard 11th hole. It was the first ace in this tournament since 1994 and only one in the three times it has been played at East Lake.
"We were watching the crowd," Kelly said. "Once the ball hit the green, you could see them crouching as it was rolling toward the hole. Then, all of a sudden all the arms went up in the air. I told my caddie, 'I think that one went in."'
At the time, the ace moved Kelly to 4-under for the round and 7-under for the tournament, one shot off the lead of Singh. Kelly ended up shooting 67 to finish fourth, six shots behind Singh.
It was Kelly's eighth ace, and third on the PGA Tour.
NEAR-RECORD ROUNDS: Bob Estes and Rocco Mediate had the low rounds of the tournament Sunday and came within a shot of the course record at East Lake in this event. They both shot 6-under-par 64s.
Estes was 6-under after 13 holes, but never got any lower. Mediate birdied Nos. 16 and 18 to finish 6-under.
With their strong finishes, Estes went from a tie for 23rd after three rounds to a tie for 11th and Mediate, who was tied for 25th, finished tied for 13th.
Singh shot 63 for the course record in the first round of the 1998 Tour Championship at East Lake.
SEE YOU IN TWO YEARS: The Tour Championship will return to East Lake Golf Club for the 2004 and 2005 tournaments. After that, the event, which is now presented by Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, is expected to make East Lake its permanent home.
Starting in 1997, The Tour Championship has alternated each year between Champions Golf Club in Houston and East Lake. It will be played at Champions in 2003.
LOW AUGUSTAN: With a second-place finish in his Tour Championship debut, Charles Howell became the low Augustan in the 16-year history of this event. Larry Mize, the only other Augustan to qualify for the tournament for the top 30-money winners each season, finished tied for 12th in 1987, tied for 28th in 1990 and tied for 18th in 1993.
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