Hoch prevails at Western Open

Posted: Monday, July 09, 2001

LEMONT, Ill. -- Scott Hoch made a 1 1/2-foot putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Western Open by one stroke, setting a tournament record with a 21-under 267 total.

He finished with an 8-under 64.

Davis Love III, who led for most of the day, made a costly mistake on the 18th tee, launching his drive so far left it almost hit the corporate tents. Love recovered, reaching the green in three shots, but his 12-foot putt for par lost speed as it reached the hole and slid by on the left side. He finished with a 66.

That left it all for the 45-year-old Hoch, who sank the putt for his second victory of the season and 10th of his career. He won $648,000, giving him $2,504,686 for the season.

Hoch's 267 is the lowest in the 99-year history of the Western Open. The previous overall low was 20-under 268, set by Sam Snead in 1949 at Keller in St. Paul, Minn. Chi Chi Rodriguez also shot a 268 in 1964 on the par-71 Tam O'Shanter in Niles. The old record at Cog Hill was 19-under 269, done by Nick Price in 1993.

Jamie Farr Kroger Classic

SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Se Ri Pak pulled away from Maria Hjorth with birdies on the last two holes to win the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic for the third time in four years.

Pak finished at 15-under 269, closing with a 3-under 68 after rounds of 70, 62 and 69. The South Korean star earned $150,000 for her third victory of the season and 11th of her career.

Farmers Charity Classic

ADA, Mich. -- Larry Nelson successfully defended a title for the second time in three weeks, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory in the Farmers Charity Classic.

Nelson, a four-time winner this year, finished with a 14-under-par 202 total on the Egypt Valley course. Jim Ahern was second, and Dana Quigley and Walter Hall finished two strokes back.

Nelson, who successfully defended his FleetBoston Classic title June 24, has 15 victories on the senior tour. He won 10 times on the PGA Tour, including three major championships.

Ahern and Quigley shot 66s, and Hall had a 67.

European Open

STRAFFAN, Ireland (AP) -- Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland shot a 6-under 66 to win the European Open by three strokes, his first European tour victory in more than a year.

He finished with a total of 15-under 273 in becoming the first Irish winner in the tournament's 24-year history.

Sharing second at 276 were Thomas Bjorn of Denmark (67), Ian Woosnam of Wales (68) and Padraig Harrington of Ireland (70). Bjorn eagled the 16th and 18th holes.

Hershey Open

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) -- John Rollins birdied the first hole of a playoff with Australia's Rodney Pampling to win the Hershey Open.

Rollins closed with a 2-under 69 to match Pampling at 11-under 273 on The Country Club of Hershey's East Course. Pampling tied the course record with a 64.

Rollins earned $76,500 for his first Buy.com Tour victory to move into 13th place on the money list with $11,021. The top 15 at the end of the season will advance to the 2002 PGA Tour.

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