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Archive for Monday, October 21, 2002

Burns bags first win on tour

Tiger comes close, loses by two shots at Disney Classic

October 21, 2002

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— Bob Burns became the 16th player this year to win for the first time on the PGA Tour, and this was the sweetest of them all.

He's the only first-time winner to take down Tiger Woods.

"When his name is below mine, that's pretty cool," Burns said.

Burns made consecutive birdies on the back nine to seize control in the Disney World Golf Classic, closing with a 7-under 65 Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Chris DiMarco.

Woods, trying to stage his greatest comeback on the PGA Tour, made up a six-stroke deficit over 10 holes and finished with a 63, his lowest final round in relation to par in his seven years on tour.

Woods missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole that ended whatever hopes he had, and wound up two strokes behind.

"He just ran out of holes," said Burns, who finished at 25-under 263 and was six groups behind Woods on the Magnolia Course.

DiMarco made a birdie on the final hole for a 68, a putt worth $74,000.

Burns came to Disney World with hopes of having a good enough week to finish in the top 125 on the money list and keep his card. He was 118th, but that's no longer a problem. Along with a check for $666,000, he received a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.

It was the first victory for Burns since he won the Buy.com Tour Championship four years ago to clinch player of the year honors.

Davis Love III made an ace on the 169-yard 12th with a 7-iron.

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