Monday, September 29, 2003

Armour III sets 72-hole PGA Tour scoring mark

The Enquirer and wire reports

Tommy Armour III, grandson of the "Silver Scot'' by the same name, shot the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history Sunday.

He finished the Texas Open in San Antonio with a 5-under-par 65 to end the tournament at 26-under 254. That broke the record of 256 by Mark Calcavecchia at the par-71 Phoenix Open in 2001.

"It was scaring me a little," said Armour, who needed only 108 putts for four days. "Every putt went in the hole."

The victory was worth $630,000, more than double what Armour had earned on tour this year. Winless in his previous 366 starts, Armour ended 13 years and eight months of frustration.

Armour came into the final round with a string of 81 consecutive holes without a bogey, and he added nine more to that total before missing an 8-foot par putt on the 460-yard 10th. He also bogeyed the 18th after hitting his drive into a bunker.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Craig Stadler birdied his first four holes en route to a 6-under 66 and 15-under 201 total, overtaking Larry Nelson to win the Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C. Stadler, playing in his 12th event since turning 50 in June, also won the Ford Senior Players Championship in mid-July. He followed that with a victory at the B.C. Open on the PGA Tour the next week.

LPGA TOUR: Annika Sorenstam had back-to-back eagles and shot a final-round 66 at the Safeway Classic to successfully defend her title and win her fifth event of the year. Sorenstam finished at 15-under 201, edging Beth Daniel by a stroke.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Lee Westwood shot a 5-under-par 67 and won the Dunhill Links Championship by one stroke at St. Andrews, withstanding a birdie-birdie finish by Ernie Els. Westwood had a 267 total.

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