Third-round leader Shaun Micheel apparently forgot to check his tank after Saturdays round and proceeded to run out of gas Sunday afternoon. After sizzling the En-Joie golf course the first three rounds to reach 19-under par, Micheel, with the help of Sunday jitters, made almost twice as many bogeys, five, than he had in the previous three days combined.
With a large group of players smelling blood and looking to pounce, it was little-known Spike McRoy who came out the pack with a brilliant bogey-free 65 to earn the trophy.
In a round that saw him card seven birdies, none were as dramatic as the one on the 18th. Having hit his approach safely on the green McRoy was faced with a huge left-to-right, 31-footer to tie the lead. The putt, struck with perfect speed, finally snuck in the side door, as McRoy did a poor man's version of the Tiger Woods fist-pump.
Mr. Cobb would have appreciated the emotion.
McRoy then waited on the practice range while Micheel sputtered home. Playing along side Paul Gow in the days final pairing, Micheel just couldnt find the stroke that had been working so well earlier in the week. On 18, needing birdie, he pushed his tee shot into the left rough in between some trees. He then hit a low punch shot to the left of the green, some 50 feet from the pin. Having to hole his chip for a chance at a playoff, he blew it 15 feet by, missed the come-backer, and took a disappointing five that drop him into a tie for third.
Fred Funk, a 47-year-old PGA Tour veteran, shot a solid final round 67 to go along with a pair of 66s on Friday and Saturday. His 270 four-day total put him alone in second place.
The day's biggest move was made by two-time Buy.Com Tour winner Cliff Kresge. Having passed on a chance to play his tour's regular event, and a chance to get the Battlefield Promotion that comes from winning three titles in one season, Kresge shot a blistering 10-under par 62 that equaled the PGA Tour's lowest score in 2002.
For McRoy, his first PGA Tour victory earned him a career-high $378,000 check. His previous best finish was the tie for third at last year's Kemper Open. It also gives him a nice little trip to Maui to start off the 2003 season in style, at the Mercedes Championships.
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