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Floyd, Despite Ragged Finish, Captures Senior Players Title

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With his lead never threatened until the end, Ray Floyd survived an inconsistent 1-over-par 73 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Hale Irwin in the Senior Players Championship at Dearborn, Mich.

Floyd, who began the round with a four-stroke advantage over Irwin and stretched the margin to seven with seven holes left, had a 13-under 275 total for his first victory this season. Irwin, also second in last week’s U.S. Senior Open, closed with a 71.

Floyd, 53, has 13 career victories on the Senior PGA Tour, including two other major events - the 1994 Tradition and the 1995 PGA Seniors’ Championship. He earned $225,000 for his first victory since November.

Brian Barnes was third at 279 after a bogey-free 68 and Jack Kiefer and Jerry McGee followed at 281. Kiefer shot a 68 and McGee had a 74.

Scott Hoch ended the suspense early, starting with three straight birdies and shooting a 4-under-par 67 to win the Michelob Championship with a tournament-record 19-under 265 at Williamsburg, Va.

Hoch led after every round for his second career wire-to-wire victory and seventh triumph overall. Tom Purtzer finished second, four strokes back, after a bogey-free 66 at Kingsmill Golf Club.

Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett finished 13 strokes behind. He earned $10,042.

Michelle McGann defended her title in the Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic, shooting a 7-under-par 65 at Warren, Ohio, for a three-stroke victory over Kim Saiki.

McGann, who had a course-record 64 on Saturday, broke the tournament record with a 16-under 200 total. Tracy Hanson of Rathdrum, Idaho, used a closing round of 68 to finish at 209. She earned $11,473.

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