Originally created 09/22/03

Lewis shoots 62 in final to win 84 Lumber Classic



FARMINGTON, Pa. -- J.L. Lewis shot a 10-under-par 62 Sunday to come from seven shots back in the final round and win the 84 Lumber Classic.

Lewis finished at 266, 22 under for the tournament, and two shots in front of Frank Lickliter, Stuart Appleby and Tim Petrovic. The win came on a day when three players before him - including Appleby - shot what had been course-record 64s.

It was Lewis' first win of the season and second of his career, the other being the 1999 John Deere Classic. With the $720,000 winner's share of the $4 million purse, Lewis has made $1,909,754 this year on the strength of six top-10 finishes.

Lewis began the day - not the round - with an 8-under 136. Remnants of Hurricane Isabel rained out Friday's second round which was played on Saturday, setting up Sunday's 36-hole finale.

Lewis shot a third-round 68 on the rain-softened Mystic Rock course and was at 12 under, seven shots behind Cameron Beckman who, like Appleby, shot a third-round 64. Beckman shot a final round 74 to finish with a 17-under 271 and tie for fifth.

Because tour officials were forced to fit 36 holes into the tournament's final day, the player groupings for the final round were the same as they were for the third round.

That created an unusual scenario as the four leaders down the stretch - Lewis, Lickliter, Beckman and Appleby - played in separate groups as many as seven holes apart. That forced golfers and fans to follow the leaderboards rather than one or two final groups.

Lickliter began the day at 7 under and moved to 14 under with a third-round 65. He moved into a four-way tie for the lead at 18 under after shooting a 32 on the front nine.

Lewis moved to 17 under with a 31 on the final front nine before reeling off four straight birdies on holes 11 through 14. That put him alone at 21 under. Lickliter and Appleby were at 20 under and were playing in front of him.

Lewis bogeyed the par-4 15th to fall back into a three-way tie with Appleby and Lickliter, who was already in the clubhouse.

Appleby was on the 18th with a chance to join Lewis at 21 under, but he missed his birdie putt and finished tied with Lickliter.

Lewis regained the lead with a birdie on the par-5 16th. After making par on the 17th, all Lewis had to do was stay out of trouble - which he almost failed to do.

His drive was wide right and landed in deep rough near a cement cart path. But he recovered with a middle iron to within 20 feet of the pin. Lewis then sunk the putt for his record-setting birdie.

Beckman led by two shots over partner Robert Damron going into the second round. Damron finished with a 73, and tied for eighth with Craig Barlow at 16-under 272.