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Austin's dream round nets 3d PGA win

Woody Austin turned around a miserable year with the perfect round at the right time.

Adam Scott (75--276, seventh), Vijay Singh (71--283, tied for 30th), and Sergio Garcia (70--286, T-55) came in hoping to tune up for the US Open with a victory, only to watch Austin run away with the warm-up act.

Trailing by four strokes at the start of play yesterday, Austin shot the best closing round on Tour this year in winning the Stanford St. Jude Championship in Memphis by five strokes for his first PGA Tour victory since 2004 and third overall.

His 8-under-par 62 was the best final round of his career and best in the 50 years of this event. It also was the Tour's lowest closing round since Brad Faxon's 61 at the 2006 Buick Championship.

"That was a true round of golf and was one of those surprises that we all get every once in a while," Austin said as he waited for the final group to finish. "I'm just happy it happened to me on a Sunday, when it really mattered."

John Daly shot a 79 and finished 79th in the 80-player field. Playing on a sponsor's exemption and tied for eighth after the first 18, he shocked everyone Friday by accusing his wife, Sherrie, of waking him up by attacking him with a steak knife at his home near the course.

Austin had never finished better than a tie for 44th in his previous trips to the TPC Southwind course. He has struggled this year, missing five cuts with his only top-25 showing coming with a tie for 18th in New Orleans in April.

"I played one of those dream rounds of golf," Austin said.

He took home the $1.08 million winner's check, his first since the 2004 Buick Championship. Austin also won the 1995 Buick Open.

Austin finished the final 49 holes bogey-free and carded an eagle and six birdies yesterday for a 13-under 267 total on a course where he had missed five cuts.

Brian Davis (66) was second with a 272.

A self-taught player, Austin said he felt he was running out of time after turning 43 in January. But he started figuring out some of his swing problems at the Colonial two weeks ago.

Champions -- Jay Haas cruised to his third win of the season, shooting a 2-under 69 in West Des Moines to take the Principal Charity Classic by three strokes.

Haas, the only player with multiple wins on the senior tour this season, finished with a 12-under 201 total. He led wire-to-wire and picked up his ninth career tour victory.

R.W. Eaks (64) and Brad Bryant (67) finished tied for second at 9-under 204.

"I feel very confident. I feel like if I play well out here, I can win tournaments," Haas said.

European -- Richard Green beat Jean-Francois Remesy in a playoff to win the BA-CA Open in Oberwaltersdorf, Austria.

The Australian shot 70 in the final round to tie Remesy (64) at 16-under 268.

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