Sorenstam wins Kraft Nabisco

Posted: Monday, April 01, 2002

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam blew past Karrie Webb with back-to-back birdies to seize the lead Sunday, then held off fellow Swede Liselotte Neumann to become the first back-to-back winner in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Sorenstam closed with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory, claiming the LPGA Tour's first major championship of the year.

She knocked in a 2-foot par putt on the final hole before Neumann faced a 15-foot birdie putt from just on the fringe that would have forced a playoff.

Sorenstam finished at 8-under 280 and earned $225,000 for her fourth major and 33rd career victory.

Neumann gave Sorenstam all she could handle, closing with a 69 and putting on the pressure until her birdie attempt on the final hole slid by on the left.

Rosie Jones finished with a 69 and was at 282, tied for third with 24-year-old Cristie Kerr (68). Webb didn't make a birdie until the 16th hole. She shot a 72 to finish seventh at 284.

Shell Houston Open

THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Vijay Singh won his first PGA Tour title since the 2000 Masters, closing with a 4-under 68 for a six-stroke victory in the Shell Houston Open.

Singh, who had a tournament-record 22-under 266 total on the TPC at The Woodlands, earned $720,000 for his 10th PGA Tour title.

He's the 14th straight different winner on the PGA Tour, the longest such stretch since 1994 when the tour went 20 straight tournaments without a repeat champion.

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke shot a 71 to finish second at 272, and Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal was another stroke back after a 70. Jay Haas (69) and Shigeki Murayama (70) followed at 275.

Singh's 22-under total shattered the tournament record of 18 under set by Curtis Strange in 1980 at Woodlands Country Club. Singh's six-stroke margin of victory matched the tournament record set by Jackie Burke in 1952.

Emerald Coast Classic

MILTON, Fla. -- Dave Eichelberger won his sixth Senior PGA Tour title when rain wiped out play in the Emerald Coast Classic.

Eichelberger opened with consecutive 5-under 65s for a two- stroke victory over Doug Tewell, still two back after 10 holes when the third round was called off at The Moors Golf Club.

At 58, Eichelberger is the oldest winner since Jim Colbert won the 2001 SBC Senior Classic at 60.

Lanny Wadkins was third, four stokes back at 134.

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