Drummond stuns field, shoots 64

Updated: May 30, 2004, 9:58 PM ET
Associated Press

VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Scotland's Scott Drummond, ranked 435th in the world, won the Volvo PGA Championship on Sunday. He is the first to capture the European tour's flagship event on his first try since Arnold Palmer in 1975.

Drummond shot an 8-under-par 64 for a two-stroke victory. He had a bogey-free fourth round and finished at 19-under 269, matching a tournament best. Argentina's Angel Cabrera, the third-round leader, closed with a 67 for a 271.

Drummond, who missed the cut in six of his last seven tournaments, found out he was playing at Wentworth the week before play began.

"I really can't comprehend it at the moment," said Drummond, who turned 30 on Saturday and recently celebrated the birth of his first child.

Joakim Haeggman of Sweden was two back following a 67. Nick Faldo (66), Anders Hansen (64) and Darren Clarke (67) were four shots behind and Ernie Els (68) was at 275.

"This week, the last three rounds, I wasn't quite there," Els said. "But I think I know what I have to work on the next two weeks before the U.S. Open."

Vijay Singh, hurt by a 73 in the second round, shot a 68 for a 278.

"I thought I was going to putt well the way I started the first day," he said. "But it's pretty tricky to putt on these greens."

Drummond earned $769,000 and a five-year exemption until 2009. He thinks his biggest purse until now was about $26,000.

"I stayed focused and I wasn't thinking about winning. I honestly didn't know the situation coming up the last (hole)," he said. "I purposely didn't look at a leaderboard all the way."

Drummond birdied the seventh from 20 feet, the eighth from 12 and the 10th from 15. Another two-putt birdie followed at the long 12th, and he ran in 40-foot birdie putts at the 13th and 17th. His total score equaled Hansen's record two years ago.

"This is surreal," Drummond said.

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