Beth Daniel won the $1 million Centel Classic yesterday when Nancy Lopez missed a four-foot putt for par on the 18th hole that would have forced a playoff in Tallahassee, Fla.
It was the day's only bogey for Lopez, who birdied the 16th and 17th holes to catch Daniel with a final-round 66. Lopez tied at 17 with a five-foot birdie putt after Daniel picked up her third bogey by missing a three-foot putt.
Daniel had three bogeys and six birdies in a 69. Her total of 271, 17 under par, just missed the LPGA's best showing this season -- Patty Sheehan's 270 at the Safeco Classic.
Sheehan, who began the day tied for second with Lopez, shot a 72 -- 278.
Texas Open: Mark O'Meara came from four shots back with a seven-under-par 63 to win by one in San Antonio. Capturing his sixth career title and second this year, O'Meara avoided a playoff when Gary Hallberg three-putted the par-3 18th. O'Meara overtook third-round leader Nick Price with a five-under 30 on the front nine and hung on for a 72-hole total of 261, 19 under on the Oak Hills course.
Hallberg birdied the par-4 17th and put his tee shot on the green at 18. His putt for winning birdie slid past and he missed by a hair coming back to finish 66 -- 262. Price struggled to 69 -- 263 for third.
Vantage Seniors: Charles Coody and Al Geiberger took turns trying to give away the title in Clemmons, N.C., at the tour's richest event. Geiberger succeeded.
"It was not pretty," Coody said. "It was pathetic." He won by three shots with a 70 -- 202, 14-under par at Tanglewood Country Club.
On the par-5 17th, each drove into the rough. Geiberger then went into a bunker 60 yards short. Coody hooked 40 yards left. Geiberger hit another bunker, came out short, chipped on and one-putted for bogey. Coody chipped to eight yards from the green, flubbed his next, but ran the third in from about 25 feet, for par and victory.