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Weir wins Tour Championship in sudden death

Posted: Monday, November 05, 2001

HOUSTON -- Mike Weir holed a 5-foot birdie putt to win the Tour Championship on the first hole of a four-man playoff Sunday, giving the Canadian his first victory of the season.

It was the second straight year Weir won the final official event of the PGA Tour.

Weir, the first foreign player to win the Tour Championship, closed with a 67 and wound up in the playoff with Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and David Toms.

Only Weir and Toms hit the fairway with their tee shots and only Weir had a decent shot at birdie. Weir won $900,000 and a trip to the winners-only Mercedes Championship.

Toms, Garcia and Els each closed with a 68 to join Weir at 14-under 270.

Scott Verplank, the 54-hole leader, bogeyed the 17th to fall out of the lead and finished one stroke back, along with Kenny Perry.

Tiger Woods finished six strokes behind in a tie for 12th.

Still, he won the PGA Tour money title and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average for the third straight year.

Southern Farm Classic

MADISON, Miss. -- Cameron Beckman made up a three-stroke deficit over the final five holes to win the Southern Farm Bureau Classic for his first PGA Tour victory.

Beckman, who nearly withdrew from the tournament Wednesday because of a stiff neck, birdied three of the final five holes in a 67 that gave him a 19-under 269 total, one stroke ahead of Chad Campbell.

Campbell, playing his second PGA tournament since earning a promotion for winning three Buy.com events this year, shot a 71 after starting the final round at the Annandale Golf Club with a two-shot lead.

Beckman was at 16-under heading to No. 14, but he birdied the hole to gain a stroke on Campbell, the leading money-winner on the Buy.com Tour this season, who was at 19-under.

Fred Funk had a 68 and finished 271, one shot ahead of Dan Forsman, who had a 69.

Beckman, 31, has earned his tour card in qualifying school the past three years. He was No. 80 on the money list coming in, but the $432,000 check jumped him to No. 50.

Mizuno Classic

HANNO, Japan (AP) -- Annika Sorenstam birdied the final two holes to earn her eighth victory of the year at the Mizuno Classic and clinch the LPGA Tour's money title.

On a blustery day, Sorenstam finished with a 2-under-par 70 and a 54-hole total of 13-under 203 for a three-stroke advantage over England's Laura Davies.

Sorenstam, who defeated South Korea's Se Ri Pak last week in the World Ladies Match Play Championship to earn player-of-the-year honors, won the $162,000 winner's check to secure the money title.

It's the fourth time Sorenstam has topped the money list.

Davies, who began the final round two strokes back of Sorenstam, struggled with the wind and could only manage a 71 after three bogeys and four birdies.

South Korea's Ko Woo-soon finished in a tie for third place at 8-under 208 along with Colombia's Marisa Baena. Baena, the 1996 NCAA champion at the University of Arizona, shot a 71.

Yuri Fudo, this year's leading money winner on the Japanese tour, had a disastrous final round 77 that included five bogeys.

Italian Open

IS MOLAS, Sardinia (AP) -- Tour rookie Gregory Havret of France won his first European title, capturing the Italian Open with a one-stroke victory over Bradley Dredge of Wales.

Havret, who entered the final round in second place, shot a 3-under-par 69 to finish at 20 under.

Tied for third at 271 were three Englishmen -- defending champion Ian Poulter, Mark Roe and Shaun Webster -- and Spaniard Diego Borrego.



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