Rookie Stewart Cink won his first PGA Tour title Sunday, a one-stroke victory in the Greater Hartford Open that was secured when Jeff Maggert bogeyed the final hole at Cromwell, Conn.
“You hate to see it end like that, on a negative note,” said Cink, who was in the clubhouse when Maggert self-destructed at No. 18, ending what looked like a guaranteed playoff. “But it’s over.”
Cink closed with a 4-under-par 66 for a 13-under 267 total, matching the tournament record set by Greg Norman in 1995. Maggert, who carried a two-stroke lead into the final round, finished with a 69 and in a three-way tie for second.
At No. 18, Maggert pushed his drive into the rough on the left side of the fairway, just short of a bunker. Using a utility wood, he then hit his approach to the right of the green, getting a bad lie in deep rough. His wedge then bounced too far past the flag for him to save par.
Cink, an Alabama native who lives in Georgia, won three times on the Nike Tour last year.
John Daly completed another solid round in his first tournament since leaving the U.S. Open early. He closed with a 68 for 276.
Tammie Green eagled the fifth playoff hole to beat Laura Davis and win the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic at Avalon Lakes Golf Course at Warren, Ohio.
It was the second time Green eagled the 451-yard, par-5 18th in the playoff as she and Davies both did it on the third extra hole.
Green, who was playing one group in front of Davies, forced the playoff when she birdied the closing hole for a 4-under-par 68 that put her at 13-under 203 for 54 holes.
Tracy Hanson of Rathdrum, Idaho, finished at 212, three shots ahead of Clarkston’s Robin Walton.
Dave Stockton, fending off challenges from Larry Zeigler and Kermit Zarley, shot a 68 to win the rain-delayed Franklin Quest Championship with a 15-under total of 201 at Park City, Utah.
Stockton held a three-stroke lead entering the final round, but found himself tied with Zeigler at 12-under when play resumed after the second of two rain delays.
Zeigler parred the 18th hole to cap a 67 that gave him a 204 total. Stockton then birdied 15 to break the tie. He was joined briefly by Zarley, who birdied No. 16 before parring out on the last two holes to finish second at 203.
Stockton, however, also birdied 17, and then parred the final hole.
Senior British Open
Gary Player rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the second extra hole to beat compatriot John Bland at Portrush, Northern Ireland, and win his third Senior British Open.
Australia’s Noel Ratcliffe missed a chance to join the two South Africans in the playoff when he bogeyed the final hole for a 69.
Greg Norman cleaned up at the Canadian Skins Game at Whistler, British Columbia.
Norman earned a Canadian skins record $275,000 for the two-day event when he made an 8-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole. The putt, which came after a brilliant 5-iron from a fairway trap, won Norman $190,000 Canadian.
Fred Couples finished second by winning $50,000 and Jack Nicklaus was third with $35,000. Nick Faldo, who had problems with his putting, did not win a skin.
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