As the PGA Tour season ground to a superstarless halt in Atlanta, the LPGA and its established names accelerated into that tour’s final two events of the year. Karrie Webb won the Mizuno Classic in Mie, Japan, with a 14-under-par 202, setting up an intriguing matrix of rivalries and player of the year scenarios for this week’s LPGA Tournament of Champions and the Nov. 16-19 ADT Championship. Webb’s win denied Annika Sorenstam (tied for third at nine-under 207) in her bid to win the Mizuno for a record-setting sixth straight time and vaulted Webb over Sorenstam on the money list and in player of the year points. The triumph was Webb’s fifth of the year and pushed her to $2,069,613 in earnings, tying her with money leader Lorena Ochoa ($2,342,872) for victories and making the them the first two women to each earn more than $2 million in the same season on the LPGA tour. If Sorenstam wins this week’s Tournament of Champions, it will push her over $2 million as well, and it will be the 70th victory of her LPGA career. After getting her 69th, at the State Farm Classic in early September, Sorenstam logged three-straight runner-up finishes. Looming is the ADT Championship, in which the winner gets $1 million, putting the money title up for grabs and meaning that another half-dozen players have a chance to jump into the $2 million club.
Tiger Woods led the Tour in scoring average at 68.11, but when he skipped both the Funai Classic and the Tour Championship, he forfeited his chance to win the Vardon Trophy because he didn’t have enough official rounds. (He had 55 and needed 60.) That left Jim Furyk on top at 68.94 going into the event, with only one person capable of catching him — Adam Scott (69.10). Scott went on to win with a score of 11-under 269, while Furyk came in at eight-under 272 to take second. So Furyk lost the tournament but at least won the award, finishing with a 68.86 stroke average to Scott’s 68.95.
• On Monday, Woods officially jumped into the course-design business, announcing the founding of Tiger Woods Design. The company has not yet named an inaugural project.
• Scott became one of only seven players to have won the Players Championship and the Tour Championship. The others: David Duval, Tom Kite, Mark McCumber, Jodie Mudd, Hal Sutton and Woods.