Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Austin Drives Brisky Away in Buick (Open)

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Austin Drives Brisky Away in Buick (Open)

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Woody Austin, who has gone from part-time bank teller to PGA Tour regular in less than a year, parred the second hole of a playoff with Mike Brisky on Sunday to win the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich.

Austin, 31, who won the tour qualifying tournament in December, had five top-10 finishes in his first 24 starts, including a fourth-place finish in the Colonial. He earned $216,000 to increase his season total to $558,115.

Austin closed with a 5-under-par 67 and Brisky, who was 10th in the qualifying tournament, shot 68 for 18-under 270 totals on the Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club course.

Jeff Sluman shot 71 and missed the playoff by a stroke.

Murphy Edges Colbert In VFW: Bob Murphy tied a Seniors Tour record with his second consecutive 63 and won the VFW Seniors Championship, in Belton, Mo., by 1 shot over defending champion Jim Colbert.

Murphy took the lead over crowd favorite Colbert with a curling, 12-foot birdie on the tough par-4 17th hole and finished 15 under for the three rounds. He and Colbert, who tied the tournament record with an 8-under 62, battled head-to-head over the last three holes for the $135,000 first prize.

The Seniors title is Murphy's fourth this year and raised his official earnings to $943,084. Colbert, from Kansas City, left a 20-foot birdie putt just inches to the right on No. 18.

Jay Sigel, who began the day with a 1-stroke lead over Murphy, Jack Kiefer and Buddy Allin, shot a 67 and ended up at 12 under for the tournament.

Mochrie Wins By 3: Dottie Mochrie birdied the ninth hole, breaking a tie with Kelly Robbins, and went on to win the LPGA McCall's Classic in Stratton Mountain, Vt., by 3 strokes with a 12-under-par 204.

Mochrie, who started the day tied with Pat Bradley at 8 under, never bogeyed a hole and had four birdies for a 68. Robbins matched Mochrie for the lowest round of the day and finished at 207.

Robbins, starting the day 3 strokes behind, had four birdies on the front nine to pull even with Mochrie at 9 under while playing several holes ahead. …

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