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Senior Tradition event turns into Tewell time

By Times staff and wire reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 16, 2001


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Doug Tewell believes in holding a lead, not sitting on one.

He demonstrated the difference Sunday, shooting a tournament-record 10-under 62 in the final round of the Tradition to win by nine strokes against Mike McCullough and become the event's second wire-to-wire leader in 13 years.

McCullough and Larry Nelson, who made up the final threesome with Tewell, had disastrous starts early in the round. As it turned out, Tewell needed no help.

His 23-under 265 total also set a record, beating the 266 shot by Gil Morgan in 1997, when Morgan led from the start.

"We talked about the zone, and the zone was there today," Tewell said. "I just stayed in it, stayed within myself, stayed away from the mistakes, and that's what you have to do, I think, to win a major."

Tewell, the PGA Senior Tour rookie of the year in 2000, won his second major title and fourth overall on the circuit. He won his first three championships last year, starting with the PGA Seniors Championship.

A strong front-runner, Tewell led his last major going into the final round, was one stroke back before winning in San Antonio and was tied for the lead in Park City, Utah, before the final round.

McCullough double-bogeyed the second hole by two-putting from 4 feet and bogeyed the fifth, but recovered with seven birdies in the last 13 holes for 69 -- his seventh consecutive score in the 60s.

WorldCom playoff extended

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Jose Coceres and Billy Mayfair will need one more day and at least one more hole to settle the WorldCom Classic.

The pair, who started the round two shots behind Vijay Singh, shot even-par 71s and matched pars through two playoff holes at Harbour Town Golf Links when play was suspended because of darkness. They will resume play today at 8 a.m. It will be televised on tape delay at 9 a.m. on TNN.

Mayfair and Coceres each held sizable leads and seemed ready to take over the PGA Tour event hours before the playoff. Coceres birdied three of the first five holes to reach 14 under and overtake his playing partner, Singh. But the Argentine missed par putts inside 4 feet on the sixth, eighth and ninth holes to fall back.

Mayfair had birdies on the fifth, sixth and eighth holes and was at 13 under, two shots ahead of a faltering Coceres. Then Mayfair drove out of bounds on the par-4 11th, leading to a double bogey.

MOROCCAN OPEN: Ian Poulter, runner-up last year, went one better this time, winning with 3-under 70 in the final round for a total of 15 under at Rabat.

JUNIOR TOURNAMENT: Fifteen-year-old Brittany Lincicome, the Times' 2000 Pinellas high school player of the year from Osceola, shot 65 to win the two-day Golf Junior at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Ga.

Lincicome eagled the 494-yard 15th on her way to 141 total and a four-stroke victory in the 36-player event, sponsored by the American Junior Golf Association.

Two players from Bradenton, Aree Song Wongluekiet and Devan Andersen, tied for second.

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