Sporting Digest: Golf

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The Open Championship will return to Royal Lytham in 2001 after a gap of just five years. Although Muirfield has not staged the event since 1992 and Royal St George's in Kent since 1993, the decision has been taken by the Royal and Ancient Club to award Lytham its 10th Open.

MICHELOB CHAMPIONSHIP (Williamsburg, Virginia) Leading final-round scores (US unless stated): 271 D Duval 67 66 71 67 (Duval won the first extra hole of a three-way play-off); D Waldorf 63 69 69 70; G Waite (NZ) 69 67 68 67. 273 F Funk 69 65 70 69. 274 S Hoch 70 66 69 69. 275 K Triplett 66 68 70 71. 276 J Gallagher 69 68 71 68; J Cook 69 68 68 71. 277 L Roberts 70 67 71 69; P Stewart 68 70 70 69. 278 C Perry 68 73 68 69; L Janzen 72 65 71 70; S Lowery 68 66 74 70; J Sluman 68 70 68 72. 279 D Toms 68 72 73 66; B Andrade 69 72 69 69; B Bryant 64 70 76 69; B McCallister 71 68 69 71. 280 T Armour 67 73 73 67; C Smith 68 72 71 69; J Durant 70 70 71 69. 284 B Hughes (Aus) 67 73 73 71. 287 P Tataurangi (NZ) 69 67 70 81.

LEADING WORLD RANKINGS (US unless stated): 1 G Norman (Aus) 11.74pts average; 2 T Woods 11.24; 3 E Els (SA) 9.86; 4 N Price (Zim) 9.24. 5 C Montgomerie (GB) 8.86; 6 T Lehman 8.44; 7 M Ozaki (Japan) 8.22; 8 D Love III 8.14; 9 M O'Meara 8.13; 10 P Mickelson 8.02; 11 J Leonard 7.02; 12 S Hoch 6.93; 13 B Faxon 6.60; 14 S Elkington (Aus) 6.51; 15 F Couples 6.48; 16 N Faldo (GB) 6.42; 17 V Singh (Fiji) 6.30; 18 B Langer (Ger) 5.71; 19 S Jones 5.54; 20 J Parnevik (Swe) 5.45.

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