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QATAR OPEN

QATAR OPEN: A desert sandstorm halted the first round after 72 of 150 players teed off, and none finished the round of the European PGA Tour event in Doha. Tournament director David Williams hopes to complete the $1.5-million tournament by Sunday but said it might be extended to Monday. James Kingston was leading at 3 under after 13 holes. Fredrik Andersson, Phil Golding, Henrik Stenson and Nicolas Vanhootegem were 2 under. Many big-name players pulled out of the tournament, worried about possible war in nearby Iraq.

MASTERS: Picket lines at Augusta National Golf Club may boost television ratings for the tournament April 10-13, said Sean McManus, head of CBS Sports. Besides the ratings draw of world-No. 1 Tiger Woods seeking a record third straight green jacket, four groups, including an offshoot of the Ku Klux Klan, were planning to demonstrate. Also hoping to protest are the National Council of Women's Organizations, which opposes the club's exclusion of female members, and Reverend Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. "Any time there is an added element to a sporting event, the ratings have increased," McManus said. "I imagine more people, perhaps, will watch." Last year's final round was watched in 9.2 percent of the 105.5 million U.S. homes with TVs, according to Nielsen Media Research Inc.

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