When Ted Purdy's second shot yesterday on the 72nd hole of the B.C. Open landed within arm's length of the hole, he and Jonathan Byrd shared the same thought.
"I thought we'd have a playoff tomorrow," Purdy said as darkness fell in Endicott, N.Y.
"I thought it was as good as gold," said Byrd, who held a one-shot lead over Purdy but was 20 feet from the hole and staring at par. "I looked at my caddie and said, 'Let's get ready for a playoff.' I really didn't have a choice. I had to make birdie to win."
No, he didn't.
Purdy, who had moved within one shot of Byrd with a 13-foot birdie putt at No. 17, missed the chance to force a playoff when his three-foot putt for birdie slid past the hole. It never had a chance as soon as he struck it, and he knew it.
"I pulled it, took it back way too far," said Purdy, who finished alone in second. "The next time I'll know not to do that. The reason I missed it was I wasn't confident. Now, I won't be able to sleep for a couple of weeks. I'm heartbroken. I came close. I don't know what to say. I hit such a great shot in there."
Byrd entered and ended the final round with a one-shot lead, but had to withstand a six-hour rain delay before capturing his second PGA Tour victory and $540,000. Until he reached the 15th hole, it seemed like anybody's tournament to win.
When Byrd stepped to the 15th tee, he had fallen into an eight-way tie for the lead after a bogey at No. 12. That's when he assumed control with consecutive birdies.
"Before that, I made a bunch of mistakes," said Byrd, who had surgery in February to repair a tear in his right hip. "I could easily have put my head down, but I was still in the driver's seat. I'm proud of the way I finished."
Byrd parred the final two holes to finish the day with a 68 and the tournament at 20-under 268.
Todd Fischer (65), Robin Freeman (66), Hidemichi Tanaka (66) and Notah Begay (69) tied for third at 18-under 270. Colombian rookie Camilo Villegas had a closing 69 and finished tied with Vaughn Taylor and Neal Lancaster at 271.
Robert Gamez, who set a record for best back-to-back rounds in tournament history by shooting 61 and 65 on the second and third rounds, made bogey at 15 and finished tied with John Senden at 272. Gamez was chasing his first victory in 361 starts since his rookie year in 1990.
Begay, who has four PGA Tour victories but none in four years, never mounted a charge after a hot start. He had rallied after a first-round 73 with a 62 on Friday and a 66 on Saturday.
* LPGA: With a clap of thunder, Moira Dunn won her first LPGA tournament on her 245th try.
Dunn, putting out moments after lightning flashed in the background, birdied the 16th and 17th holes to win the Giant Eagle Classic in Vienna, Ohio.
"It's been a long time," she said, fighting back tears. "I always believed it would come. That's what got me here."
It was Dunn's first victory in a decade on tour. The Utica, N.Y., native twice finished tied for second in 2001.
Two of her friends on tour, A.J. Eathorne and Amy Fruhwirth, then doused her with beer after she tapped in a short putt for par.
She collected $150,000 for the victory, shooting a final-round 65 to finish at 12-under 204, two strokes ahead of Young-A Yang.
The final round was suspended for 2 hours 40 minutes because of lightning and rain. The 54-hole tournament was also held up for more than two hours in the second round because of heavy rains and lightning.
* VIRGINIA OPEN: Amateur Spence Andrews shot a 4-under 68 in the final round for a three-shot victory in Richmond. Andrews, 22, closed four rounds with a 15-under 273 over the 6,675-yard course at Willow Oaks Country Club.
Amateurs occupied the top three spots on the tournament's leader board. Radford's Ryan Sypniewski, 19, shot a 1-under 71 to finish second at 276 and Hank Klein, 35, of Glen Allen, was five back at 278 after carding a 2-under-par 70.
PGA professional Chip Sullivan, 39, of Troutville and Faber Jamerson, 27, of Appomattox, shared low pro honors at 9-under-par 279.