Top-Seeded Wozniacki Is Out, Too

Mob rule continued in the women’s tournament at the French Open on Friday as Caroline Wozniacki, the world’s No. 1 player, was upset in the third round, 6-1, 6-3, by Daniela Hantuchova. Caroline Wozniacki

The lopsided defeat will only increase debate about Wozniacki’s worthiness for the top spot, and it came a day after Kim Clijsters, her closest pursuer in the rankings, was eliminated in the second round after inexplicably losing her way against Arantxa Rus, the world’s 114th-ranked player.

“Since we’re No. 1 and No. 2, it means we must be doing something right; it’s just unfortunate to lose in a Grand Slam,” Wozniacki said.

Earlier Friday, the No. 8 seed, Samantha Stosur, a big-hitting Australian who reached the final here last year, also lost, to Gisela Dulko of Argentina. Continue reading

Tour Officials Labor to Make Golf Work

Golf Tournament They wear starched white shirts and crisply knotted neckties, carry walkie-talkies and buzz their carts around tournaments with an air of authority. But golf’s version of umpires and referees is all but invisible.

PGA Tour officials do not wear striped shirts or blow whistles, throw flags, single out players who commit fouls, sweep dirt off home plate or go nose to nose with angry athletes or red-faced coaches.

They do much more. They rise well before the sun to double-check weather forecasts, set hole locations, outline water and other hazards with red paint, explain and enforce the rules of the game on a playing field spread out over hundreds of acres of hills and 18 holes measuring nearly five miles through forests and glens.

All the while tolerating occasional verbal abuse from disgruntled players with equanimity and, at times, dispensing advice and counsel to those same players. Continue reading