Originally created 09/24/01

Golf notebook



LIGONIER, Pa. - Robert Allenby never let anyone close to his lead Sunday and closed with a 4-under-par 68 to win the Pennsylvania Classic.

It was his fourth career victory on the PGA Tour, but the first that didn't require a playoff. The 30-year-old Aussie finished at 19-under 269 on a still, sunny afternoon at Laurel Valley Golf Club for a three-stroke victory over Augusta native Larry Mize (65) and hometown favorite Rocco Mediate (68).

Allenby became the seventh two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year, and joined Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the only players with at least two victories in each of the past two years. The $594,000 first-place check pushed him over $2 million for the year.

Mize, the former Masters champion, was 199th on the money list and in jeopardy of losing his PGA Tour card for the first time in 20 years. The deadline to enter qualifying school was Wednesday, and Mize decided not to apply.

"The philosophy I'm taking at the end of the year is, I'm believing in myself and believing I'm going to make the top 125" on the money list, Mize said.

Mize, who had not finished higher than 35th all year, made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 65. He earned $290,000 and is in good position to keep his card. He already has slipped 10 spots in career earnings to No. 52, and would be unable to use a one-time exemption for top 50 in career money.

"This was a huge step," he said.

Rookie Charles Howell, formerly of Augusta, tied for 11th place at 280 and collected $65,529.

SAS SENIORS: Senior PGA Tour rookie Bruce Lietzke won for the second time in three months, carding a final-round 6-under-par 66.

He won by three shots over Gary McCord and Georgian Allen Doyle.

The $240,000 top prize moved Lietzke's season earnings in seven events to more than $813,000. His best season in 27 years on the PGA Tour was in 1992, when he made $703,805.

Lietzke, who turned 50 on July 18, finished with a 15-under 201 total and had to hold off a host of golfers who made final-round charges at the 7,137-yard Prestonwood Country Club course in Cary, N.C.

McCord shot a 67 to tie Doyle (66) at 12-under.

Jim Thorpe didn't win his third straight tournament, but did close with a 64, the lowest round of the event.

LANCOME TROPHY: Sergio Garcia produced a five-shot swing over the last four holes and beat U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen by one stroke to win in Saint Nom la Breteche, France.

The Spaniard closed with a 65 for an 18-under-par 266 and his first victory in Europe in two years. Goosen shot a 67 for 267.

Garcia wore a back ribbon on his cap all week in tribute to the terrorist victims in the United States.

Goosen was four strokes ahead with four holes to play after making five straight birdies in the middle of his round. But Garcia made birdie putts at Nos. 15-17 and won when the South African bogeyed the final two holes.