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Woods blames his caddie

Tiger Woods blamed his caddie for persuading him to use a driver on the third hole of the final round of the Masters, where a double bogey derailed his chances of winning. That doesn't mean Steve Williams is out of a job. "Contrary to some reports, Stevie and I are getting along fine," Woods said Wednesday in his monthly online newsletter. "Stevie and I disagree about club selection all the time, but it's part of the business. Ultimately, it's my responsibility to pull the trigger. In that case, I just hit a bad shot." Woods was three strokes off the lead in the final round. He usually hits a 3-iron on the 350-yard hole, but Williams wanted him to be aggressive and hit a driver. The ball wound up in the bushes, and Woods had to play a left-handed shot back to the fairway. He wound up with a 75, his worst final round in a major. "Stevie has done a wonderful job and we have a great relationship," Woods said.


Otterstrom gets a break

Snowboarder Chad Otterstrom's lifetime suspension for using a banned stimulant was reduced to two years by the US Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday because he was using a prescribed medication. Otterstrom, 26, tested positive for methylpheniate after he finished first in the US Snowboard Grand Prix superpipe in Breckenridge, Colorado in January. His first-place finish remains voided under the shorter suspension, which will be carried out by the US Ski and Snowboard Association. Otterstrom received a three-month suspension in January 2000 for using the substance, the agency said. The US Anti-Doping Agency, an independent agency funded by the federal government, oversees drug-testing of American athletes.


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