Sergio Garcia emerged from a pack of contenders to master Congressional's Blue Course as few others have, closing with a 6-under-par 65 yesterday for a two-stroke victory in the Booz Allen Classic in Bethesda, Md.
Garcia looked in major form in the final tournament before the US Open when he took a big lead with a front-nine 30 and then held steady through a few precarious holes down the stretch. He finished with a 14-under 270 total.
Davis Love (66), Ben Crane (67), and 2004 winner Adam Scott (68) tied for second.
Garcia's 270 total tied the course record at Congressional.
Third-round leader Tom Kite, attempting to become the oldest winner in PGA Tour history at age 55, struggled with his putter and finished with a 74 to tie for 13th at 7-under 277.
Garcia's sixth PGA Tour victory helped compensate for his collapse in last month's
Champions -- In Overland Park, Kan., Gil Morgan and Dana Quigley, the leaders in the clubhouse when rain suspended play, will have to wait until today to find out whether they'll meet in a sudden-death playoff for the Bayer Advantage Classic title.
When the storm system that has plagued this rain-shortened tournament forced suspension of play yesterday, three players were still on the course within three strokes of the leaders.
Morgan (5-under 68) and Quigley (66) are tied at 11-under 133.
European -- In Hilversum, Netherlands, Gonzalo Fernandez Castano won his first Tour title by two strokes, shooting a 3-under 67 in the final round to win the KLM Dutch Open at 11-under 269. Gary Emerson (70) was second, two strokes back.