Perry brews up 1-stroke victory in Milwaukee

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2003

MILWAUKEE Kenny Perry sank a three-foot birdie putt for a one-stroke victory over Steve Allan and Heath Slocum at the Greater Milwaukee Open on Sunday, his third win in four starts.

He won the Colonial and Memorial tournaments and finished third at the U.S. Open before taking three weeks off leading up to the GMO at Brown Deer Park, where he shot a 4-under-par 66 Sunday for a 12-under 268 total.

Brett Quigley finished in fourth, two strokes back.

Allan, Slocum and Quigley all were vying for their first PGA Tour victory. Perry's first-place check of $630,000 gives him $3,522,538 for the year, the first time he's passed the $3 million mark. He also surpassed $13 million in career winnings.

Over the final four holes, Perry, who began the day with a one-stroke lead over six golfers, including Allan, had three birdies and a par and Allan shot three pars and a bogey.

Senior Players

DEARBORN, Mich.

Craig Stadler wasted little time in earning his first victory on the Champions Tour, shooting a 6-under 66 to win the Senior Players Championship.

Playing in only his fourth tournament on the tour, Stadler won the third of this year's five majors by three shots over Tom Kite, Jim Thorpe and Tom Watson at the TPC of Michigan.

Stadler, whose round included three consecutive birdies on the front nine, finished with a 72-hole total of 17-under 271.

He took advantage of a hot putter to became the 17th winner in 18 Champions Tour events in 2003.

The 1982 Masters Champion, who turned 50 last month, played his first event on the seniors circuit, the Senior PGA Championship, in June, finishing tied for 15th.

Kite and Thorpe both made furious charges to finish tied for second. Kite, who tied the course record with a 63, made a 5-footer at No. 18 to cap a round that included eight birdies, one eagle and one bogey.

Kite finished just before a thunderstorm rolled in and forced a two-hour delay.

Scottish Open

LUSS, Scotland Ernie Els won the Scottish Open by five strokes after shooting a 2-under 69.

Els, tuning up to defend his British Open title this week at Royal St. George's, finished at 17-under 267. Darren Clarke and Phillip Price both shot 69 and were second at 272, while Gary Murphy had a 67 and was fourth at 274.

Ian Poulter and Australian Peter Lonard, who had a hole in one on the 17th hole with a 4-iron from 208 yards, shared fifth.

Els, also a two-time U.S. Open champion, won for the second time at Loch Lomond.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Beth Daniel birdied the final two holes in rainy conditions for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Juli Inkster at the Canadian Women's Open.

Daniel, 46, finished at 13-under 275 for her 34th career title and first win since 1995. The 23-year LPGA veteran made a 3-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th to tie Inkster, 43, at 12 under.

Daniel laid up to 104 yards on the par-5 18th, but knocked her wedge to 7 feet. After Inkster left her 12-foot birdie putt short, Daniel made a right-to-left breaking putt for the $195,000 win.

Daniel and Inkster both LPGA and World Hall of Fame members started the day tied at 9 under and battled for 18 holes at Point Grey Golf and Country Club.

Kim Saiki birdied four of her first five holes to move into a tie for the lead, but bogeyed the 11th and missed a 1-foot par putt on No. 18 to fall into a tie with Grace Park for third place at 9 under.



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