Carlos Franco's two favorite places in America are Milwaukee and New Orleans, where he has won twice at each stop for his only PGA Tour wins.
The Paraguayan, who spent his free time fishing for bass at a friend's pond during the week rather than practicing his golf game, shot a 3-under-par 67 yesterday to win the U.S. Bank Championship, which was known as the Greater Milwaukee Open when he won it in 1999.
Franco's 13-under 267 edged Fred Funk (66) and Brett Quigley (69) by two strokes each.
Patrick Sheehan (70), Billy Andrade (67) and Olin Browne (67) finished three shots back, tied for fourth place.
Franco is the seventh two-time winner in Milwaukee. He began the final round tied with Quigley and Sheehan atop the leader board, his first 54-hole lead since the 2000 COMPAQ Classic of New Orleans, which he won in a playoff to defend his '99 title.
Neither Sheehan nor Quigley, who teed off last, led going into the final day of a tournament on the PGA Tour.
Sheehan made the turn a stroke ahead of Franco at 3 under for the day but posted a bogey on No. 11, a double-bogey on 12 and a bogey on 13.
Quigley, who also tied for second at the 2001 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, shot a steady but unspectacular round, never making a charge for what would have been his first win on Tour. He had one bogey and one birdie.
Defending champion Kenny Perry, one shot back to begin the day, shot a 70 and finished in a tie for seventh.
Franco's first-place share of the $3.5 million purse was $630,000, his largest career paycheck. He won $612,000 at New Orleans in 2000.
Quigley's father, Paul, caddied for fellow Rhode Islander Brad Faxon this week.
"It's great to be here with him," Paul Quigley said of his son. "I didn't follow the leader board, though, because when I'm with Brad, my focus is on him."
Faxon finished with a 277 after carding a 71.
* IRISH OPEN: Brett Rumford of Australia fired a 5-under 67 for a four-shot victory in Drogheda.
Irishman Padraig Harrington and Raphael Jacquelin of France also shot 67s and shared second place, four shots behind. Overnight leader Peter Lonard was another shot behind after closing with a 73.
Rumford finished with a 14-under 274 for his second win on the European Tour, earning him $382,000.
* SENIOR BRITISH OPEN: Club pro Peter Oakley shot a 2-under 70 to fend off Tom Kite and Eduardo Romero in Portrush, Northern Ireland, for his first Champions Tour title.
Oakley, the pro at the Rookery in Rehoboth Beach, Del., who had to qualify for the tournament, chipped out of a greenside bunker and rolled in an 10-foot par putt on the 18th at Royal Portrush to win the major championship by one stroke. His only other tournament victory came at the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship in 1999.