Originally created 08/30/99

Golf roundup



AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods' 1-over-par 71 Sunday included a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and that was enough to hold off Phil Mickelson by one stroke in the $5 million NEC Invitational.

Woods had a five-stroke lead entering the final round and it was down to one stroke when he the birdie at 17. He bogeyed the final hole but his 10-under 270 was enough for his fifth U.S. title of the season making him the first one to win that many in this country since Nick Price in 1994. He is the youngest player to accomplish that feat since Jack Nicklaus in 1963.

Mickelson closed with a 65 but bogeyed two of the final three holes.

Craig Parry, with a 69, and Price, with a 71, tied for third at 275.

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RENO, Nev. -- Notah Begay III won his first PGA Tour event with a closing 72 that gave him a three-stroke victory in the inaugural $2.75 million Reno-Tahoe Open.

Begay, who had a course-record 63 Saturday, finished at 14-under 274 at the Montreux Golf and Country Club course in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada.

Chris Perry and David Toms, who shot a 68 and 69, respectively, finished tied for second.

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PERTH, Scotland -- Klas Eriksson had a 1-under 71 in the rain and wind and held a one-stroke lead over Rolf Muntz in the Scottish PGA at Gleneagles.

Erikson opened the third round with a double bogey but had an eagle and two birdies on the back nine and was at 7-under 209 after three rounds.

Muntz, the second-round leader from the Netherlands, three-putted twice and finished with a 73 and was at 210.

England's Roger Winchester was third at 211 after a 72, two strokes better than countryman Warren Bennett, Per Nyman of Sweden and Andrew McLardy of South Africa.

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STE-JULIE, Quebec -- Jim Ahern, playing in only his seventh Senior PGA Tour event, parred the second playoff hole to beat Hale Irwin and win the $1.35 million Canadian Senior Open.

It was the second week in a row that Irwin, a five-time champion this year, lost in a playoff to a first-time senior winner. Tom McGinnis beat Irwin last week at the BankBoston Classic.

The 50-year-old Ahern, a qualifier whose previous best finish was an 18th, won $202,500 as well as a one-year exemption from qualifying on the senior tour.

He birdied the last two holes in regulation, including a 15-footer from the fringe on the 72nd hole to force the playoff as he and Irwin finished at 16-under 272 at Richelieu Valley Golf Club.

Ahern had a final-round 68 Sunday, while Irwin, the third-round leader, had a 69.

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Dottie Pepper, who had struggled throughout the final round, rattled in a 35-foot birdie putt from just off the green on the 72nd hole to nail down a 2-stroke victory over Kellie Kuehne in the Oldsmobile Classic.

Pepper shot a 2-under 70 for an 18-under 270 total at Walnut Hills Country Club.

Kuehne, who started the day in a five-way tie for second, five shots back, closed with a 67.

Rosie Jones and Karrie Webb, the LPGA's leading money-winner, tied for third at 13-under 275. Each shot a 69 in strong cross winds over the final round.