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Forsman snaps winless streak

The 44-year-old eagles No. 18 in Pennsylvania Classic for his first PGA victory in 10 years.

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September 16, 2002

The 44-year-old eagles No. 18 in Pennsylvania Classic for his first PGA victory in 10 years.

PAOLI, Pa. -- Dan Forsman went for the spectacular ending to his 10-year winless streak.

He eagled the 18th Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Robert Allenby and Billy Andrade in the Pennsylvania Classic, his first on the PGA Tour since the 1992 Buick Open.

One day after setting the course record with 64, the 44-year-old made a 22-foot eagle on the closing par 5 to cap 6-under 65.

"In my career, it always seems like it's difficult to back up a low round with another low round the following day," said Forsman, who finished 14-under 270. "So I was aware of that today."

And it came down to the final putt, a quick, downhill sweeper from left to right.

"I was really down after leaving (putts on) 16 and 17 short," he said. "I knew I had the right line. It was just a matter of whether or not it was going to get there.

"Instinctively, when you look up, you judge the speed of the ball and think, okay, that looks good. I had a sense in my heart that it was going to be a good putt."

Forsman had two of four birdies on Nos. 10 and 15.

"I didn't look at the leaderboard," he said. "I knew I was keeping pace with the leaders. I felt if I could knock it on the (18th) green, maybe something crazy could happen."

Forsman, who opened with 2-over 73 and shot 68 Friday, earned his fifth PGA Tour victory.

Andrade (69), the leader after three rounds, needed birdie on the 18th for the fourth consecutive day to force a playoff, but his drive into a fairway bunker forced him to lay up. His third shot from 195 yards landed 25 feet from the cup. The left-to-right putt for the tie fell 2 feet short.

"When you have a hole like 18, those things happen," Andrade said. "Someone might make an eagle. A birdie is definite if you hit it in the fairway. And when you don't, it's a tough birdie if you are laying up."

Allenby, the defending champion, led before bogeying the par-5 14th. His tee shot into the rough above the front bunker on No. 17 -- the site of his hole-in-one Saturday -- cost him a shot at repeating.

"To tell the truth, the only thing I was disappointed in was my shot, my club into 17," Allenby said. "I hit a perfect shot, but it came up short and I had no second shot."

Allenby had an eagle putt on 18, but left it inches short. He tapped in for birdie and 65.

John Huston (67) finished 12 under, one stroke better than Olin Browne (66) and Jeff Sluman (68).

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