Originally created 07/05/99

Golf roundup



LEMONT, Ill. -- Tiger Woods shot a 1-under 71, giving him a 15-under 273 for the tournament and a three-stroke victory in the Western Open on Sunday.

Woods, who won the tournament two years ago, regained the No. 1 ranking with the victory, his third on the PGA Tour this season and third win in four starts, including a tournament in Germany. He earned $450,000 for the victory at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, giving him $2,545,990 in winnings this year.

Mike Weir, who had three birdies on the first seven holes to threaten Woods, ran into trouble on the back nine. He bogeyed 10, 13 and 14 for a 70 and finished three strokes back at 276.

Brent Geiberger, who made a late charge with a 69 Sunday, was third at 277. Stuart Appleby, who shared the lead with Woods after the second round, shot a 77 and finished tied for 13th with a 283.

LPGA Jamie Farr

SYLVANIA, Ohio -- A year after running away with the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic, Se Ri Pak rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole to win the most crowded playoff in LPGA history.

Pak, a winner by nine shots a year ago, was the last of six players to putt on the first playoff hole. From below the hole, she rolled the ball into the heart of the cup to collect the $135,000 first-place check and her second victory of the season.

Pak was joined by Karrie Webb, Mardi Lunn, Sherri Steinhauer, Carin Koch and Kelli Kuehne in the playoff. They played hole No. 18, a 532-yard, par-5, in a sudden-death sixsome.

First Koch and then Kuehne barely missed their birdie putts before Pak hit hers to the roars of a large gallery, which surrounded the green and lined the fairway at the top of a large hill overlooking the hole.

There have been three previous five-player playoffs, the last in 1981.

State Farm Seniors

COLUMBIA, Md. -- Christy O'Connor, a longtime European star playing on a sponsor's exemption, posted his first victory in the United States, holding off Bruce Fleisher for a one-stroke triumph in the State Farm Senior Classic.

O'Connor shot a 5-under 67 for a 54-hole total of 18-under 198. The Irishman let a 5-shot lead dwindle to one with seven holes left, but he never wavered in completing a wire-to-wire win earning an exemption for next year.

When his final putt fell at 18, O'Connor thrust his arms upward and stared at the sky before hugging his caddie. He then held back tears upon accepting the trophy, telling tournament officials that he was dedicating the victory to his son Daren, 17, who died in a car accident last September.

Fleisher, the leading money winner on the tour, shot a bogey-free 65 and finished at 199. Dana Quigley was third, shooting a 68 for 207.

Irish Open

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Spanish teen star Sergio Garcia won his first professional title, closing with a 7-under-par 64 for a three-stroke victory in the Irish Open.

The 19-year-old Garcia, playing in just his sixth pro event since finishing as the top amateur in the Masters in April, had a 16-under 268.

Third-round leader Angel Cabrera of Argentina, who had a two-stroke advantage over Garcia entering the final 18 holes, shot a 69 to finish at 271.

Australia's Jarrod Moseley carded a third consecutive 69 to finish another two strokes back.