Day's nightmare gives Stadler win in Xerox Classic
1. Stadler (-9)
2. Day (-8)
3. Alker (-7)
4. C. Collins (-7)
5. R. Johnson (-7)
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Stadler, the son of PGA Tour veteran Craig Stadler, finished at 9-under 271, but Day was trying to hold a one-stroke lead on the 18th hole.
Day, who played on the PGA Tour for 12 years, hooked his tee shot into the heavy rough on the uphill, 478-yard hole and crisscrossed the fairway twice before eventually missing a 4-foot putt for bogey. Stadler earned $103,500 and his third career Nationwide Tour victory.
"It was out of my control at that point," said Stadler of his 45-minute wait. "I was fully expecting a playoff. It's not the way you want it to end. It's hard watching the tournament finish like that. At the same time, I really didn't want to go out and warm up again. I played great today and it feels kind of deserved but you don't want to back into it."
Stadler started the day three strokes back of 54-hole leader Steve Collins (76-279).
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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