Estes storms back to capture Invensys title

Monday, October 15, 2001

LAS VEGAS -- For more than a month, Bob Estes has quietly been getting better and better. On Sunday, when it mattered the most, he was at his best.

Estes came from five shots off the lead with a final-round 9-under 63 and took advantage of a critical mistake by Tom Lehman to win the Invensys at Las Vegas Classic.

It was the second win of the year and the 17th consecutive round in the 60s for Estes, who took the lead for good with a two-putt birdie on No. 16 and then watched Lehman and Rory Sabbatini miss putts to tie on the final green of the TPC at Summerlin.

Estes, who finished fourth and second in his last two tournaments, finished at 30-under for the five rounds, a shot ahead of Lehman and Sabbatini.

"I hit more amazing shots, quality golf shots, than I ever have this week," Estes said.

Playing in the next-to-last group, Estes birdied nine of his first 16 holes to get the lead, then made two routine pars to win the $810,000 first prize, the biggest check of his career.

Estes needed a miracle par on No. 6 and a mistake by Lehman, who dumped his second shot into the water on 16, to add the title to the FedEx St. Jude Classic he won earlier this year.

"It was probably the most amazing par I ever made," Estes said after scrambling and then making a 45-footer on 6 as he was moving into contention.

Lehman stood in the fairway watching Estes two-putt on the par-5 16th for his final birdie, which put him a shot ahead. Lehman had a chance to tie, but hit a 4-iron thin from 218 yards and it landed some 20 yards short of the green in the water.

"It was like the club slipped in my hand," Lehman said. "It was pretty bizarre."

World Match Play

VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Ian Woosnam rallied to beat Padraig Harrington 2 and 1 to become, at 43, the oldest World Match Play champion.

Woosnam was three down with 15 holes to play but won three straight holes from the 29th with birdies to take the lead en route to his third victory in the event.

Woosnam beat Colin Montgomerie, Retief Goosen and top-seeded Lee Westwood before Harrington.

The Transamerica

NAPA, Calif. -- Sammy Rachels made a 30-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to cap a final-round 69 and win The Transamerica by one stroke over Raymond Floyd and Doug Tewell.

Rachels' 14-under 202 allowed him to leap over Floyd, who charged from behind with an 8-under 64, and Tewell, who shot a 66. Rachels won $195,000.

--From wire reports

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