Davis Holds Off Nelson Irwin for Title

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Champions TourNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Rodger Davis posted a 3-under 68 to coast to his first career victory on the Champions Tour at the Toshiba Senior Classic Sunday. Davis finished at 16-under-par 197, four shots clear of Larry Nelson.
 
Hale Irwin, who won this event last year, was five shots off the lead at 11-under-par 202. He was joined by John Jacobs and Jose Maria Canizares in a tie for third.
 
Davis held a two-shot lead to start the final round at Newport Beach Country Club and hit his second shot to five feet for a birdie at the second. He added a birdie at the third to reach 15-under but stumbled with a bogey at the fifth.
 
The Australian dropped another shot with a bogey at the eighth but he recovered nicely on the inward nine. Davis collected three birdies on the back side to shut the door on his challengers and earn a breakthrough victory.
 
Gil Morgan, who lost this event in a playoff in 2001, was joined by Bruce Lietzke in a tie for sixth at 10-under-par 203.
 
Jim Ahern, who held the lead after the opening round, was one shot further back at 9-under-par 204 along with Ed Dougherty, Hubert Green, Allen Doyle and Wayne Levi.
 

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