Reporters on the Job

• A Discerning Ear: Intermittent explosions are something reporters quickly become accustomed to in Baghdad. But early Sunday morning, reporter Dan Murphy, already half awake from the sounds of swimmers thrashing about in the hotel pool, sat bolt upright when he heard three loud bangs. They shook his hotel, which is a few miles from the scene of Sunday morning's attack on the hotel occupied by US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz (see story). "Since the coalition destroys Iraqi munitions on the hour, that was my first guess. But on second thought, Sunday morning is a strange time for munitions disposal," he says. He got on the phone, and found out the sad news.

David Clark Scott
World editor

Sports milestone

WHAT GRASS CEILING? It's been 58 years since a woman has made it into the final rounds of a men's golf tournament. Se Ri Pak passed that milestone, then fired a one-under 71 Sunday to tie for 10th (out of 62 male golfers) at the SBS Super Tournament in South Korea. "Women can also do it!" the 26-year-old South Korean told the Associated Press, flashing a big smile.

On Friday, Pak became the first woman to make it into the final rounds of a men's tournament since Babe Zaharias made it past the 36-hole cuts in three PGA events in 1945.

Ms. Pak, who is No. 2 on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) money list, was the latest in a series of female golfers to play against men this year. The LPGA's top-ranked Annika Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to play on the men's PGA Tour but missed the cut. Connecticut club pro Suzy Whaley (PGA Tour), 13-year-old amateur Michelle Wie (Nationwide, Canadian tours) and Laura Davies (Asian PGA Tour) failed to make the cut at other tournaments.

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