Monday, June 28, 2004

Big Walrus, Little Walrus win

Father and son Stadlers pull off rare daily double

The Associated Press

CONCORD, Mass. - Like father, like son. Craig Stadler shot an 8-under 64 to win the Bank of America Championship Sunday for a victory on the Champions Tour and then hustled into the scorer's trailer to watch his son Kevin earn his first win on the Nationwide Tour.

"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."

Craig Stadler, 51, 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, 24, won on the fourth playoff hole.

The only other time that a father and son are believed to have won pro tournaments on the same day was March 28, 1999, when David Duval won the Players Championship on the PGA Tour and Bob Duval won the Emerald Coast Classic on the senior circuit.

"I was a wreck out there watching Kevin all day. I wasn't paying attention to my game," said Stadler, known as the Walrus, "That's probably why I played well."

PGA TOUR: After having his six-stroke lead cut to two on the back nine, Adam Scott survived an adventure with a cart path to hold off Charles Howell III for a four-shot victory at the Booz Allen Classic at Potomac, Md.

Howell, trailing by seven shots after six holes, made a charge with five straight birdies on the back nine. But Scott recovered with back-to-back birdies and saved par with a tough 11-foot putt at the 16th to avoid tying Greg Norman and three others for the biggest final-day collapse in PGA Tour history.

Scott closed with a 68 for a 21-under 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. Scott also broke the 36-hole Avenel record Friday and tied the 54-hole mark Saturday.

WOMEN'S PUB 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 the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion Sunday, losing 1-up when Ya-Ni Tseng made a 12-foot putt for birdie to cap a dramatic comeback on the 36th hole.

``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. Monday.

``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.

``I made a lot of bogeys and gave a lot of strokes away.''

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. She also handed Wie the 15th hole by hitting her drive into the woods and having to hit again from the tee.

Wie then helped create her own demise, lipping out a 6-footer for a three-putt on the 16th green, allowing Tseng to get even. She also left her blast from a perfect lie in the sand 25 winding feet from the cup on the finishing hole, and then left her putt sitting on the right edge.

``I think I got a bit tired at the end,'' Wie said. ``I couldn't keep my, what do you call it, concentration level up. I had a hard time putting. That was the main problem. I couldn't get anything close to the hole.''

When Tseng rolled hers in to complete the stunning upset, she sought out Huang and hugged him on the side of the green, while Wie wept and hugged her mother.

LPGA TOUR: Kim Saiki won for the first time in her 12 years on the LPGA Tour, shooting a 1-under 71 and overtaking Rosie Jones by four strokes at the Rochester tournament. "Oh yeah, got the monkey off my back!" said Saiki, 38, who's been a runner-up four times in 12 years on tour. "It's an incredible feeling."

Saiki finished 14-under 274.

CLUB PRO CHAMPIONSHIP: Bob Sowards made up eight shots on the front side as leader Jeff Coston unraveled, rolling to a one-shot win in the 37th PGA Club Professional Championship at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio.

Sowards, 36, an assistant pro at Wedgwood Golf and Country Club in Columbus, started the day two strokes back of Coston, who led after the second and third rounds. Sowards built his own lead to five shots midway through the round. Sowards shot a closing 70 after rounds of 69, 68 and 69 to hold off University of Illinois coach Mike Small by a shot.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Jean-Francois Remesy became the first Frenchman in 35 years to win the French Open, shooting an even-par 71 for a seven-shot victory. Remesy finished at 12-under par 272, with Richard Green and Nick O'Hern tied for second at 5-under 279. The margin of victory was the largest on the European Tour this year.

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