Braden Pitches Perfect Game, Woods Withdraws from TPC

Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 7:33pm

Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history, a dazzling performance for the Athletics in a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Braden threw his arms in the air after Gabe Kapler grounded out
to shortstop for the final out. The closest the Rays got to a hit was Jason Bartlett's liner to third leading off the game. Evan Longoria tried to bunt against Braden leading off the fifth, drawing boos from the small crowd.
It was the majors' first perfect game since Mark Buehrle did it for the White Sox against the Rays on July 23, and the second no-hitter this season after Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez pulled it off in Atlanta on April 17. Braden pitched the A's first perfect game since Hall of Famer Jim "Catfish" Hunter's gem on May 8, 1968, against the Minnesota Twins. Only 6,298 were there to witness it. Sunday's crowd at the Coliseum wasn't much better: 12,228.

Tim Clark of South Africa sure picked a big tournament for his first PGA Tour victory. Clark finished off a record 36-hole comeback at the TPC Sawgrass with a 5-under 67 on Sunday to rally from seven shots behind on the weekend and win The Players Championship over hard-luck Robert Allenby of Australia. Clark played the final 26 holes without a bogey, surging into the lead with four straight birdies around the turn. Allenby watched in frustration as an 18-foot eagle putt on the 16th and 12-foot birdie putt on the 17th stopped just short of going in. He shot a 70 to finish one shot behind. Tiger Woods still managed to create a big buzz Sunday. He withdrew on the seventh hole, citing pain in his neck that he says has been bothering him since before the Masters.

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