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Scott staves off Howell for victory

By wire services
Published June 28, 2004

POTOMAC, Md. - The Australian with Greg Norman's coach and Norman's former caddie sensed a Norman-like collapse coming on.

No worries, mate. Adam Scott survived just fine.

After his lead was cut from seven strokes to two on the back nine, Scott held off a challenge from Charles Howell and took a four-shot victory Sunday at the Booz Allen Classic.

"I was getting a little nervy there on the back nine," the 23-year-old Aussie said.

Scott closed with 68 for a 21-under-par 263 total, tying the tournament and TPC at Avenel course record set by Billy Andrade and Jeff Sluman in 1991, when Andrade won in a playoff.

Defending champion Rory Sabbatini shot 66 to finish third with a 269, six strokes back.

It is the third PGA Tour victory and seventh overall for Scott.

"It's nice to be able to respond to a little bit of pressure," said Scott, who started the day with a six-shot lead over Olin Browne. "I also would have liked to have been out in front a lot more all day. ... My putting really carried me to the last five holes. That's how you win tournaments - with the putter."

LPGA: Kim Saiki waited 12 years for her first tour win, and it practically left her speechless. Saiki shot 1-under 71, overtaking Rosie Jones for a four-stroke victory at the Rochester LPGA in Pittsford, N.Y.

"It was incredible. No words could describe it. Chills!" exclaimed Saiki, a 38-year-old Californian who's been a runnerup four times since joining the tour in 1992. "Oh yeah, got the monkey off my back!" she added.

Saiki finished at 14-under 274. Jones shot 74 and tied for second with Mi Hyun Kim (72) of South Korea. Annika Sorenstam shot 73 and fell into a tie for seventh, along with Candie Kung (74).

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Craig Stadler, 51, shot 8-under 64 to win the Bank of America Championship in Concord, Mass., and then hustled into the scorer's trailer to watch his son Kevin, 24, earn his first win on the Nationwide Tour in Findley Lake, N.Y.

"This is probably the best golfing day I will ever have," said the proud father, who won 13 times on the PGA tour and collected $232,500 for his fifth victory on the senior circuit. "I don't think another win will ever come close to this. This is incredible. I am so happy for him and so proud for him. ... I never even dreamed of us both winning on the same day."

Stadler took the lead with a birdie on the 13th hole, but he was more concerned with how Kevin was doing at the Lake Erie Charity Classic. After sinking a birdie on the 18th hole to finish at 15-under 201, the 1982 Masters champion watched as his son won on the fourth playoff hole against Bubba Watson. A cheer erupted from the trailer, and the elder Stadler came out clapping his hands.

At the time, Tom Purtzer was just one stroke behind him, playing No. 17.

"He waited just long enough until I got to the trailer and I got to watch him win. Made my day," Stadler said. "I was just a wreck out there watching Kevin all day. I wasn't paying attention to my game. That's probably why I played well."

The only other time a father and son won PGA-sponsored events the same day was when David Duval won The Players Championship on March 28, 1999, and his father, Bob, won the Emerald Coast Classic on the senior circuit.

"I figured if I won, he would probably win," Kevin said on speakerphone. "He tries to one-up me all the time."

U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS: Once the only teen sensation of female golfers, tall and regal and in training for greatness, Michelle Wie learned this week it might not be easy to stay at the top. The 14-year-old failed in her bid to repeat as champion, losing 1 up when 15-year-old Ya-Ni Tseng made a 12-foot putt for birdie to cap a dramatic comeback on the 36th hole in Williamsburg, Va.

"I think that golf is getting better, and golf is getting younger," Wie said before heading to Massachusetts for next week's U.S. Women's Open, where she was scheduled to play a practice round at 9 a.m. today. "Nothing really worked out for me today from the start to the end," Wie said, her eyes welling up with tears. "I just played terribly."

Tseng, a 15-year-old from Taiwan who has spent the last three summers as the guest of Ernie Huang of San Diego, rallied from 4 down after 14 holes and 1 down with three to play.

PGA CLUB PROS: Bob Sowards made up eight shots on the front side as leader Jeff Coston unraveled, coasting to a one-stroke victory Sunday in the 37th PGA Club Professional Championship in Nashport, Ohio. Ron Philo Jr. of Fernandina Beach finished fourth.

[Last modified June 28, 2004, 01:00:37]


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