Steve Stricker shot a 3-under-par 68 and became the fifth new winner on the PGA Tour this year, beating a quartet of players by three strokes Sunday to capture the $1.5 million Kemper Open at Potomac, Md.
In steady rain, Stricker took the lead with a birdie at No. 5 and an eagle at the sixth, then held on and finished with a 270 total. Mark O’Meara, Brad Faxon, Grant Waite and Scott Hoch tied for second.
“It always creeps in your mind about winning,” said Stricker, whose wife is his caddie. “You’ve always got to fight it off, it seems like. We handled it pretty well coming down the stretch.”
Stricker, a third-year PGA Tour pro, has been showing signs of a breakthrough most of the year. Ranked 37th on the money list going into the tournament, he earned $270,000 with the victory.
Laura Davies sank a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 14 for a single-hole record $300,000 to win the JCPenney/ LPGA Skins Game in Frisco, Texas.
It was the most Skins Game money ever won on one hole, including the PGA and Seniors skins.
Davies finished with a LPGA Skins Game record $340,000, giving her a career record total of $480,000. Defending champion Dottie Pepper and 1995 LPGA Player of the Year Annika Sorenstam finished with $100,000 each.
Pepper pushed her career skins earnings to $460,000, second to Davies. Beth Daniel became the fourth player in the six years of the competition to finish with no money.
Isao Aoki sank a 28-foot birdie putt on the final hole and won the BellSouth Senior Classic in Nashville, Tenn., by a stroke over Graham Marsh and Jay Sigel.
Aoki became the first wire-to-wire winner on the Senior PGA Tour this year, but he nearly blew a four-stroke lead in the final round before finishing with a 2-under par 70 and a 14-under 202 total.
Rosie Jones, steady nearly to the finish, shot a 3-under-par 69 and beat Val Skinner by two strokes to win the $600,000 Corning Classic in Corning, N.Y.
She finished with a 72-hole score of 12-under 276 and earned $90,000.
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