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GOLF ROUNDUP

Herron prevails after stumble

Tim Herron poses with the Leonard Trophy after winning the Colonial golf tournament.
Tim Herron poses with the Leonard Trophy after winning the Colonial golf tournament. (AP Photo)

Tim Herron wishes he had made it easier on himself. But after waiting seven years for another win on the PGA Tour, what's two more holes?

''I guess I made it more fun for the viewers, and kept them tuned in," Herron said.

Herron didn't really enjoy the ending yesterday in the Colonial in Fort Worth until making a 9 1/2-foot birdie putt on the 382-yard No. 17, the second playoff hole, to beat Richard Johnson.

The player affectionately known as ''Lumpy" led throughout the final round before scrambling at the end. He needed par-saving putts on the last two holes of regulation after a bogey at the 188-yard No. 16, then two more holes to get his first victory since Bay Hill in 1999.

''It's been a long time," Herron said. ''I didn't know if it would ever come."

Johnson birdied the final two holes of regulation after he three-putted for bogey at 16, when he was three strokes behind Herron.

Herron closed with a 2-under-par 68 to match Johnson (67) at 12-under 268.

It was the first time since 1994 extra holes were needed at Hogan's Alley. Herron won $1.08 million -- more than what he made for his three previous victories combined.

''When I three-putted 16, I thought it was pretty much over," said Johnson.

Rod Pampling, who won at Bay Hill in March and was in the final group with Herron, had his second straight even-par round since his career-best 63 Friday. He finished alone in third, two strokes back.

Stephen Ames (63), hurt by a horrible third round, and Ben Crane (64) tied for fourth at 271 along with Brett Quigley (66), Arron Oberholser (67), Stewart Cink (68), Peter Lonard (70), and Nathan Green (70).

It was at No. 15 where Pampling dropped out of a share of the lead with a double bogey. His approach went wide right and through a cart path before settling in a grass clump under a bush against a fence. He sculled that shot over and through the green.

''It was the only real bad golf shot I hit all day," said Pampling, who missed only three greens. ''I didn't have a whole lot of options over there."

LPGA -- Lorena Ochoa extended her impressive run with a two-stroke victory in the Sybase Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y., the sixth straight tournament in which she has been either first or second.

The 24-year-old native of Mexico closed a 5-under 66 with a 3-foot birdie putt to win the rain-shortened event and retake the season money lead.

The tournament was shortened to 54 holes after heavy rain wiped out play Friday.

Ochoa, who won the Takefuji Classic in April and has four seconds and a fourth this season, started the final round four strokes off the lead.

The lead was hers for good when she made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 15th. She made par-saving putts on the next two holes and closed her fifth career win with the birdie on the par 5 just as rain began to fall.

Hee-Won Han, the champion here in 2003, had a closing 69 and tied for second with rookie Kyeong Bae (66).

Allison Hanna, who had missed her last four cuts and five of eight this year, was leading until four-putting No. 15 and three-putting the par-3 16th for bogeys. She finished three strokes off the lead after a 71.

Annika Sorenstam (75), coming off her first missed cut since 2002, was two shots behind Hanna at 3 under before taking a triple bogey on the par-4 9th.

European -- The final round of the Irish Open in Maymooth was postponed until today because of constant rain. Darren Clarke, who had two birdies and six pars to put him at 6 under overall through eight holes, took a two-stroke lead over Paul Casey, Peter Hedblom, and Ross Fisher.

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