District native Fred Gibson didn't out-think himself yesterday en route to the Vantage Championship in Clemmons, N.C.
"I learned three things this week: Stay out of your own way, stay out of your own way and stay out of your own way," said Gibson, who became the 11th first-time winner on the Senior PGA Tour this season by making birdies on four of the final five holes. "If you are playing good it will happen."
Gibson, who tied the course record with a 62 Saturday, entered the final round one shot behind leader Tom Jenkins and shot a 6-under 64 for a three-shot victory and the $225,000 first-place prize--by far the largest of his career. He won just $704 during his playing days on the PGA Tour.
Gibson moved into 26th place on the money list and in contention for the Tour Championship. The top 31 players get invites to the prestigious event.
Gibson's 15-under 195 total tied the tournament mark set by Hale Irwin in 1997.
Senior tour rookie Bruce Fleisher shot a final-round 65 to finish at 12-under 198 and Jay Sigel had a final-round 63 to finish third at 11 under.
PGA: David Toms left the course four days ago holding his back. He walked off Callaway Gardens yesterday holding a trophy, thanks to a 1-under 71 that gave him a three-stroke victory in the Buick Challenge in Pine Mountain, Ga.
With one-putts on the first five greens, Toms led by as many as six strokes and never gave anyone a chance to catch him. He finished at 271. Stuart Appleby birdied two of the final three holes for a 71 that put him in second.
LPGA: Annika Sorenstam withstood a challenge from Mardi Lunn to shoot a final-round 66 and win the New Albany Golf Classic in Ohio. Sorenstam had just three bogeys in the tournament and birdied four of the final seven holes to finish at 19-under-par 269.
Lunn shot a final-round 67 for a 16-under 272. Emilee Klein shot 67 to take third at 12 under. Meg Mallon shot 69 and was at 11-under 277.
EUROPE: Sergio Garcia sank a 15-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole to beat Ryder Cup teammate Padraig Harrington and win the German Masters in Cologne.