Guilty. In each of the last two years, most of us thought Saturday's would be, beyond a reasonable doubt, the de facto final round of golf's most celebrated tournament. In 1996 Greg Norman shot a 71, giving himself a six-shot lead. The next day, of course, the Shark collapsed. Last year Tiger Woods shot a magical 65 to triple his lead to nine shots. But Sunday was still a must-see, as Tiger expanded his margin to record-breaking proportions. At the end of play today, will the leader board once again resemble an open-and-shut case, or will the jury be out? Tiger tease: The last American to repeat as champion at Augusta was Jack Nicklaus (1965 and '66), the man who predicted that Woods will win 10 green jackets.
? CBS, SATURDAY, 3:30 PM; SUNDAY, 4 PM
Bausch & Lomb Championships
Ways to improve women's tennis: 1) Install a courtside Port-a-John for a certain top-ranked player; 2) have the marketing department think up a catchy slogan (e.g., "We got net"); and 3) more Williams sisters! Last year Venus Williams (left) entered this tournament ranked 101st; now, at age 17, she's 10th. Sis Serena, 16, is ranked 30th. (Three oilier Williams sisters don't play.) Venus looked unbeatable in winning the IGA Classic and the Lipton Championships. Should she advance to today's final, one rival she won't face is No. l-ranked Martina Hingis, whom Venus defeated at the Lipton and who is eschewing the clay on Amelia Island, S.C.
? ESPN, 2 PM
Astros at Dodgers
Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox, recently purchased Los Angeles—the baseball team, not the city. Here's our dream Dodgers lineup of Fox employees: Leading off, at shortskirt, Ally McBeal. Batting second, Homer Simpson's wicked boss, Mr. Burns. Following Burns, as he always does, the obsequious Smithers. Batting clean-cut and playing (Mr.) Right, 90210's Brandon Walsh. Stealing signs, husbands and deeds to companies, that vixen Amanda from nearby Melrose Place. Way out in leftfield, because the truth is out there, the X-Files's Fox Mulder. Remaining at catcher, Mike Piazza. In '97 the five-time All-Star batted .362 while smacking 40 home runs. Houston, tonight's foe, has added punch to its lineup in the person of World Series hero and former Marlins outfielder Moises Alou.
? ESPN, 8 PM
Flyers at Sabres
He shoots, he snores. Waiting for the puck to go in the net past Buffalo goaltender Dominik Hasek (left) can be a soporific, not to mention futile, exercise. Through Sunday, Hasek had 13 shutouts this season, only two shy of the modern record set by the Black-hawks' Tony Esposito in 1969-70. The Dominator may become the first goalie to win back-to-back Hart trophies as the league's MVP. From Philadelphia at week's end came the word that Eric Lindros, the Flyers' All-Star center, would be returning to the lineup tonight for the first time since he suffered a concussion on March 7.
? ESPN, 7:30 PM
Wizards at Knicks
With apologies to the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man—and to Rod Strickland (right):
They could while away the season,
Their talent bent on treason,
And drive their coach insane,
Or the Wizards (not the Knicks!) Might say,
"These problems we could fix,
If we only had a brain."
Slick Rod Strickland is the point Wiz,
And Chris Webber often gets his.
They set Washington apart,
Thus Wiz woes beg explanation,
Or a Starr investigation,
If they only had some heart!