Bruce Fleisher made a 12-foot birdie on the 17th hole yesterday to beat Al Geiberger by one stroke in the BellSouth Senior Classic in Nashville for his fourth victory of the season.
Fleisher continued his remarkable rookie year with a three-day total of 16-under-par 200. The $210,000 prize moved him past Allen Doyle into first place on the Senior PGA Tour money-winning list with $1,104,592.
"Could I imagine this? No, not really," Fleisher said after shooting a round of 6-under 66. "You have goals and some of them come true. I'll have to re-evaluate mine. I've already passed most of them."
Geiberger, 61, also shot a final-round 66, his third round in the 60s this weekend. It was his third second-place finish of the season. "A victory is obviously what I need, but three seconds let me know I can do it," he said.
Bruce Summerhays, Tom Jenkins and Gil Morgan shared third place at 14-under. Jenkins had the best round of the day with a 64; Summerhays shot 65, and Morgan shot a 67.
Gary McCord also shot a 65 to finish tied with first-round leader Jim Albus (68) for sixth, three strokes behind Fleisher.
PGA: In Memphis, Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal rocketed to the top of the St. Jude Classic leader board, then torrential rain postponed completion of the final round.
Olazabal was 8 under for the day through 14 holes and 15 under for the tournament, one shot ahead of Omar Uresti, Rick Fehr and the four third-round leaders -- Hal Sutton, Tom Lehman, Ted Tryba and Tim Herron. Brett Quigley is alone at 13 under.
Weather permitting, the final round was to resume at 8:30 a.m. EDT today.
When play was suspended, 24 of the 76 players had completed their rounds. Those still on the course will pick up where they left off.
The delay caused problems for Olazabal and the other players entered in the U.S. Open later this week. Many had planned to fly out of Memphis last night and practice on the course in Pinehurst, N.C., today.
Olazabal said he does not react well to last-minute changes in his schedule.
"But those things happen and you have to take them," he said. "I have to find some way to feel comfortable."
If more rain falls today, tournament officials say they may hold a playoff among the four third-round leaders. The last PGA Tour tournament that was delayed to the following Monday was the 1997 Memorial tournament.
NIKE TOUR: In Painesville, Ohio, Matt Gogel had an eagle 3 on the second playoff hole to beat Casey Martin and win the $225,000 Nike Cleveland Open.
Gogel forced the playoff with a 4-under 68 in the final round to tie Martin, who held a one-shot lead after three rounds and closed with a 70 at the 6,752-yard Quail Hollow resort course.
EUROPE: Jarmo Sandelin of Sweden beat Retief Goosen on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff in the German Open after the South African's missed three-foot putt at the 18th cost him the title. They were tied at 14-under-par 274 after 72 holes after each shot a 68.