Delasin takes Samsung world title

Posted: Monday, October 08, 2001

VALLEJO, Calif. -- Dorothy Delasin gave her roaring galleries plenty to cheer.

Playing steadily while the LPGA's best players faltered, homegrown favorite Delasin beat Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak by four strokes to win the Samsung World Championship on Sunday.

With birdies on the first and last holes -- and 15 pars between -- Delasin shot a 3-under 69 in the final round for a 277 total. Pak and Webb both carded even-par 72s, finishing at 281.

Delasin grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and was the crowd favorite at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, where galleries shouted her name and carried supportive banners during her final two rounds. The 21-year-old second-year pro wept and thanked her fans as she accepted the crystal trophy for her third career victory.

She finished her last 31 holes without a bogey, and she didn't three-putt once during the tournament. For beating an elite field of 20 of the world's best golfers, she took home the $157,000 winner's share of the $750,000 purse -- her biggest payday yet.

As befitting such a methodical victory, Delasin merely raised her arms in the air as her final birdie putt fell. She hugged her caddy, Clint Begay, and then embraced her father, Arsenio, who she credits for sparking her love of golf.

Though Delasin had never played the Hiddenbroooke course before the weekend, she seemed to know its idiosyncrasies better than Webb or Pak, who both got into big trouble on the final nine holes. The long, winding course was designed by Arnold Palmer, and rough winds periodically affected play throughout.

Webb and Pak started the day one stroke behind Delasin. Webb, looking for her first victory since completing her career grand slam in June, never got on track, making a double bogey on the seventh and just one birdie in the final 11 holes.

Michelob Championship

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) -- David Toms birdied four of his first seven holes Sunday, overcame a bogey in the middle and a late challenge by Kirk Triplett to shoot a 3-under-par 68 and defend his Michelob Championship title by one shot.

The victory, clinched with a par on the 18th hole, was the PGA champion's third this year and the seventh of his career. It also was his fifth in seven attempts when he led heading into the final round.

The victory tied Toms with Phil Mickelson and Duval for second place in tour victories since 1999. Only Tiger Woods, with 22, has won more.

Turtle Bay Seniors

KAHUKU, Hawaii -- Hale Irwin shot a steady 4-under-par 68 to hold off John Jacobs by three strokes and capture the inaugural Turtle Bay Championship.

In winning his third tournament of the Senior PGA Tour season, Irwin appeared to be coasting to victory, building a three-stroke lead with seven holes to play.

But Jacobs put together birdies on Nos. 12 and 14 to pull within a stroke. Irwin then put the two-man battle out of reach with a 3-foot birdie putt on the 17th and another birdie -- a 6-footer -- on the closing hole.

Irwin finished the 54-hole event with an 11-under 205, while Jacobs' closing 69 gave him a 208. Irwin's three victories this year pushed his tour-record total to 32.

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