Rain puts Curtis' romp on hold at Booz Allen

Monday, June 26, 2006

Ben Curtis will have to wait at least one more day to get his first victory since the 2003 British Open.

Curtis was routing the field Sunday in the Booz Allen Classic, leading by eight strokes over Padraig Harrington with seven holes to go when play was suspended for the day because of approaching thunderstorms.

Curtis was on the 12th hole with a score of 23 under, poised to break the tournament record of 21 under. Play was scheduled to resume today at 8 a.m.

"I've still got to play my game," Curtis said. "I don't want to go to sleep tonight, 'Oh, you've got it won,' because I've still got 6 1/2 holes to go."

Curtis has led after every round, shooting 62, 65 and 67 on the TPC at Avenel in Potomac, Md. The low scores are skewed somewhat because the players have been allowed to lift, clean and place their shots on the fairways during the last three rounds. Storms and threats of storms prompted the ruling, but it was really only needed on Sunday, when the heavy rains finally came and postponed the start of play by six hours.

Champions Tour

John Harris won the Commerce Bank Championship in East Meadow, N.Y., for his first Champions Tour title, birdieing the first hole of a playoff with Tom Jenkins.

Harris, the former Minnesota college hockey star who had an outstanding amateur career, had eight top-10 finishes in his four-plus year on the tour. He matched the tournament's best round with a 64 Sunday after bogeying the 18th hole in regulation.

He holed a 6-foot birdie putt on that same par-4 in the playoff, taking home the winner's share of $225,000 from the purse of $1.5 million.

Jenkins, who had a one-stroke lead after completing the rain-delayed second round Sunday morning, parred the 18th with a tap-in to cap a 69 and tie Harris at 11-under 202 after three rounds on the Red Course at Eisenhower Park.

LPGA Tour

South Korea's Jeong Jang won the Wegmans LPGA in Pittsford, N.Y., for her second career LPGA Tour title, closing with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over Paraguay's Julieta Granada.

The 26-year-old Jang, the 2005 Women's British Open champion, had a 13-under 275 total on the Locust Hill course. She became the eighth South Korean winner this season, and earned $270,000 to jump from 11th to seventh on the money list with $650,081.

Marcy Hart (69) missed an 18-inch par putt on the last hole to drop to 11 under and a tie for third with Brittany Lang (71).

European Tour

Paul Casey shot a 1-under 72 to win the Johnnie Walker Championship by one stroke in Gleneagles, Scotland.

The Englishman totaled 16-under 276 to win his second tournament on this PGA Centenary course -- and his sixth European Tour event.

Andrew Marshall of England shot 69 to share second place with Denmark's Soren Hansen (70).

Colin Montgomerie, who lost the U.S. Open title when he double bogeyed the final hole last Sunday, closed with a 73 to share fourth place with Thomas Bjorn (71).

-- The Associated Press

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