Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

2 Late Birdies Enable Irwin to Bank Boston Wargo Finishes Fourth; Walker Wins Du Maurier

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

2 Late Birdies Enable Irwin to Bank Boston Wargo Finishes Fourth; Walker Wins Du Maurier

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St. Louisan Hale Irwin birdied the last two holes Sunday for a 2-stroke victory over Jerry McGee and Bob Wynn in the $1 million BankBoston Classic in Concord, Mass.

Irwin, who shared the lead of the Senior PGA Tour event with Bob Betley heading into the final round, dropped into a three-way tie with McGee and Wynn when he bogeyed the 16th hole, his first of the tournament at Nashawtuc Country Club.

But the closing birdies gave Irwin a closing 5-under-par 67, a 54-hole total of 13-under 203 and his sixth victory in 15 senior starts this year.

The first prize of $150,000 boosted his tour-leading 1997 earnings to nearly $1.5 million while closing in on the $10 million career mark since joining the PGA Tour in 1968.

McGee and Wynn, playing just ahead of Irwin, parred the last two holes and stood by while the 52-year-old favorite staged his fabulous finish. McGee had a 67 and Wynn a 66 in tying for second at 205. Tom Wargo of Centralia, Ill., the 1996 runner-up here, had a closing 69 and finished fourth.

* Walker Wins du Maurier Classic: Colleen Walker used patience and experience to win the du Maurier Classic in Oakville, Ontario. The du Maurier is the final major on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour.

Walker, 40, shot an 8-under-par 65 for a 14-under 278 that gave her a 2-shot victory over Liselotte Neumann of Sweden. It was Walker's first victory in five years and her first major title. She last won in 1992, when she captured three tournaments.

"It's been five years and a baby," said Walker, who appeared in just seven events in 1996 before leaving the tour to give birth to her son, Tyler.

"I've had a lot of time in the last year to think about golf and how much I want to play. I was itching to get back on tour. Still, after having Tyler, I have a new perspective on life. Four-footers aren't as important anymore."

Walker started the final round 4 strokes behind 27-year-old Kelly Robbins. While Robbins' fourth trip around the Jack Nicklaus-designed Glen Abbey course ended in a 1-under 72, Walker birdied holes 3, 4, 5, and 7 to move to 10 under after the front nine.

On the back nine of the 6,367-yard, par-73 course, Walker fired four more birdies, on holes 10, 12, 13 and 18, to tie the course-record 65 set on Friday by Robbins. …

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