IN THE WORDS of the late, great Jim Croce, you don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind and you don't pull the mask

of the old Lone Ranger.

And listen to this, Rory Sabbatini, don't pull the tail of Tiger. For reasons known only to Sabbatini, he continues to try to mess with the world's best

golfer, Tiger Woods.

Yesterday, Sabbatini pulled out of the final round at the Target World Challenge in

Thousand Oaks, Calif., citing "personal reasons."

The kicker is this: Sabbatini was in last place and Tiger is

the host of the tournament.

People in golf circles don't

appreciate when others quit on a tournament. A locker room

attendant, who spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press, said Sabbatini cleaned out his locker on Saturday and said he was headed to Maui for Christmas vacation.

"They don't have any flights to Hawaii tonight?" Fred Couples asked yesterday. "He's messing with the wrong guy."

And he's been messing with Tiger all year.

With absolutely no success.

First, Sabbatini said he thought Tiger looked "beatable as ever," after Tiger beat him in the Wachovia Championship, and then ran his

mouth when they were paired at the Bridgestone Invitational. All Tiger did was smoke him by

nine strokes on the final day.

Woods didn't respond when asked about

Sabbatini's departure, instead just shaking

his head. But he did go out and shoot a 68 to

finish at 22-under par, winning by seven strokes.

Scary time for athletes

Hawks forward Shelden Williams was carjacked Saturday outside an Atlanta barbershop before his team was going to play the Bobcats.

Williams escaped harm when two men approached him, one brandishing a gun, and demanded the keys to his 2008 Chrysler. They

were later arrested at a mall, where they were

attempting another robbery. *

- Bob Cooney

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