Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Bland Wins Playoff At Senior Tour Event

John Bland won the third playoff hole with a bogey Sunday to beat John Paul Cain in Birmingham, Ala., and capture the rain-soaked Bruno's Memorial Classic on the Senior PGA Tour

Cain, who holed a long birdie putt at No. 18 in regulation to force the playoff, ended up in the rocks off the green on the third playoff hole and settled for a double-bogey.

With the pressure off, Bland could afford to botch his par putt, and a bogey was enough to claim his third career senior victory and second this season.

Bland joined Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Jim Colbert and Bob Murphy as this year's multiple winners.

Isao Aoki was fourth at 7-under. Graham Marsh, who won last year's Bruno's tournament, and Irwin tied for fifth at 5-under.

Irwin, who started the day at 2-under, birdied Nos. 8, 9 and 13 and moved to 2 strokes of the lead. Irwin, a St. Louisan in his first full season on the senior tour, failed to break par again.

GOLF

Nobilo Wins In Germany

Frank Nobilo of New Zealand shot the best round of the tournament, an 8-under-par 64, to win the $1.1 million Deutsche Bank Open in Hamburg, Germany. Nobilo finished the tournament at 18-under-par 270, 1 stroke ahead of Colin Montgomerie, who shot 66 for a 271.

* Despite broadcast reports that he is on the brink of turning pro, Tiger Woods again stressed that he has no intention of forgoing his final two years of amateur eligibility. He said nothing will stand in his way of picking up his Stanford diploma.

A day after winning medalist honors at the NCAA Tournament in Tennessee, Woods flew to Dublin, Ohio, on Sunday to accept the Jack Nicklaus award as top college player.

TRACK AND FIELD

Germany Takes European Cup

Britain's Linford Christie took his second win in two days with a victory in the 200 meters, but Germany still edged out Britain to win the European Cup competition in Madrid.

Spain's Roberto Parra set a European Cup record in the 800 meters with a time of 1 minute 44.97 seconds as Spain finished fourth.

Christie wrapped up his third double in a row in a European Cup meet with a time of 20.25 seconds, ahead of Ukraine's Vladislav Dologodin at 20.39 and Sweden's Torbjern Erikkson at 20. …

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