Bean Holds Off Roberts for Win


Champions TourHOOVER, Alabama -- Andy Bean hasnt forgotten how to pull off a dramatic victory.
Bean managed to save par on No. 18 after hooking his drive left and bogeying the previous hole, holding on for a 2-under 70 and a one-stroke victory over Loren Roberts on Sunday in the Champions Tours Regions Charity Classic.
It was only the second win in 5 1/2 years on the 50-and-over tour for Bean and his first since the Greater Hickory Classic on Oct. 1, 2006. That one capped a 20-year drought since his 11th PGA Tour victory.
Bean, who had held or shared the lead after the first two rounds, pulled himself out of trouble on the final hole when his drive nearly hit a hospitality tent. He landed his second shot 21 feet from the hole, though, and two-putted for par and the $255,000 winners check at Ross Bridge on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
He finished with a 13-under 203. Roberts, still seeking his first win of 2008, shot a 69 and headed to the driving range for some practice shots in case there was a playoff with Bean. Jeff Sluman surged within two strokes of the lead with a 64 to finish third at 11 under, one stroke ahead of Mike Goodes.
Bean had been clinging to a one-shot lead over Goodes after the two were tied for first going into the second round. Goodes was hoping for a win to give him a full exemption after having to qualify for each of his six Champions Tour events this year.
Beans tap-in birdie on No. 16 gave him a two-shot cushion and helped him overcome some trouble on the final two holes. He two-putted from nearly 19 feet for a bogey on 17. Playing one group ahead, Roberts missed a birdie putt.
Sluman made the biggest final-day charge. He birdied eight of the first 10 holes on his way to the 64, his best round in 10 Champions Tour events. His nine-hole 29 matched the tournament record set by Dana Quigley in 2005 when it was held across town at Greystone.
Brad Bryant, who had won the past two Regions, finished with a 67 for his first sub-70 round in his bid for a third title in a row. He ended up at 7 under.

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