Maruyama masters Milwaukee

Golf roundup

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2001

MILWAUKEE -- Shigeki Maruyama became the first Japanese player to win a PGA Tour event on the mainland, beating Charles Howell III in a playoff Sunday in the Greater Milwaukee Open.

Maruyama sank a 4 1/2-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole after Howell missed a 7-footer for par on the 18th at Brown Deer Park. The only other Japanese winner on the PGA Tour was Isao Aoki, who won the 1983 Hawaiian Open.

Howell closed with a 7-under 64 and Maruyama had a 66 to finish at 18-under 266 on a hot, humid and windless day. J.P. Hayes (63) and Tim Herron (67) tied for third, three strokes back.

Last year, Maruyama became the first Japanese player to top $1 million in a season and his $558,000 check Sunday put his season winnings at $1,237,739. Howell, the 2000 NCAA champion from Oklahoma State, won $334,800.

Senior Players Championship

DEARBORN, Mich. -- Allen Doyle won the Senior Players Championship on the first hole of a playoff with Doug Tewell after finishing regulation with a long birdie putt.

Doyle, who shot a 5-under 67 to match Tewell at 15-under 273, won his first major and sixth overall title on the senior tour. The playoff was just the second in tournament history.

Tewell, who shot a 66, saw his chances for victory slip away on the extra hole when his tee shot went wide left and landed in wetlands. He bogeyed the playoff hole, while Doyle parred.

Hale Irwin shot 66 to finish third at 12 under.

Michelob Light Classic

EUREKA, Mo. -- Emilee Klein completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Michelob Light Classic, shooting a 3-under-par 69 for a five-stroke margin.

Klein birdied three of the first five holes, and easily held off Annika Sorenstam and Jill McGill.

Klein, who opened with a then course-record 64 on Friday, finished with an 11-under 205 total on the Fox Run course. It was her first win since 1996, when she took the PING Welch's Championship and Women's British Open in consecutive weeks.

McGill closed with a course-record 63 to join Sorenstam at 6-under 210. Sorenstam, the tournament winner in 1995 and 1997-99 at Forest Hills Country Club, shot a 70.

Scottish Open

LOCH LOMOND, Scotland -- Retief Goosen made a few mistakes at the end, only this time it didn't matter as the U.S. Open champion cruised to a three-stroke victory in the Scottish Open.

A month after he botched the 72nd hole at Southern Hills only to come back and win the 18-hole playoff for his first major championship, the South African went wire-to-wire at Loch Lomond.

He bogeyed the final two holes for an even-par 71 and a 16-under 268 total. Denmark's Thomas Bjorn (67) was second, and John Daly shot a 70 to tie for third at 12 under.

Wichita Open

WICHITA, Kan. -- Jason Dufner won his first Tour title, shooting a 4-under 68 for a three-stroke victory in the Wichita Open.

Dufner, who earned a spot in the field with a 12th-place finish last week in his tour debut in the Hershey Open, eagled the final hole for a 22-under 266 total on the Crestview Country Club's North Course. The former Auburn player earned $76,500.

Jeff Gove (66), Todd Rose (68) and David Gossett (68) tied for second.

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