Fleisher collects first major victory at Open

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2001

PEABODY, Mass. -- A year after losing a final-round lead, Bruce Fleisher won the U.S. Senior Open by a stroke Sunday for his first major title as Jack Nicklaus and other challengers fell off the pace.

Fleisher, runner-up to Hale Irwin in the Senior Open last year, parred the final 12 holes for a 2-under 68 and an even-par total of 280. Isao Aoki and Gil Morgan tied for second at 1 over for 72 holes at the 6,709-yard Salem Country Club.

Fleisher won once on the PGA Tour and 13 times as a senior, but the closest he got to a major was at the Senior Open last year, when he took a 2-stroke lead into the final round at Saucon Valley in Bethlehem, Pa.

Greater Hartford Open

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Phil Mickelson overcame his history of final-round collapses, shooting a 2-under-par 68 for a one-stroke victory over Billy Andrade in the Greater Hartford Open.

Mickelson earned $558,000 for his 19th career victory to push his season total to $3,569,724, second behind Tiger Woods. He also has three runner-up finishes and four thirds this year.

He began the round with a one-stroke lead over David Berganio Jr., after shooting a 61 on Saturday -- tying the course record at the TPC at River Highlands and two strokes better than his previous tour best.

Andrade shot a 66. Dudley Hart (63), Chris DiMarco (68) and Berganio (69) tied for third, two strokes back. Tom Pernice Jr. (65) was sixth at 13 under.

ShopRite LPGA Classic

ABSECON, N.J. -- Betsy King won the ShopRite LPGA Classic for the third time, shooting a 4-under-par 67 for a two-stroke victory over Lorie Kane.

JoAnne Carner is the oldest player to win an LPGA tournament, taking the Safeco Classic in 1985 at 46 years, 5 months and 9 days. King will be 46 in August.

After starting the final round a stroke behind Kane and co-leader Cristie Kerr, King moved into the lead with an eagle on the 475-yard, par-5 third hole.

King had birdies on Nos. 5, 6 and 11 and finished 54 holes at 12-under 201 for the 34th tour victory of her 24-year LPGA career..

King won the ShopRite in 1995 to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame. She also won the event in 1987.

The $180,000 paycheck -- her biggest ever -- boosted her career earning to over $7 million, joining Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb as the only players over that figure.

Irish Open

CORK, Ireland -- Colin Montgomerie shot a 5-under-par 66 and won the Irish Open by five strokes, his first European Tour victory in more than a year.

Montgomerie won his 25th European Tour title but his first in which he led after every round. His earlier rounds were 63, 69 and 68, giving him a total of 18-under 266. He has won the tournament three times.

Knoxville Open

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Heath Slocum shot a 4-under-par 68 to win the Knoxville Open, his second victory in three weeks on the Buy.com Tour.

Casey Martin closed with a 71 to finish in a nine-way tie for 38th place. This was the first tournament in which Martin made the cut since winning a Supreme Court decision that allows him to use a cart on the PGA Tour.

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