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Fergus wins Champions Tour Ginn Championship

4/1/2007 - Golf Keith Fergus

PALM COAST, Fla. -- Keith Fergus managed to hold on for a
Champions Tour victory and a piece of golf history.

Fergus bogeyed two of his last three holes at the Ocean Club at
Hammock Beach on Sunday to edge Mark O'Meara and Hale Irwin by a
stroke in the Ginn Championship and become the second player to win
on the PGA, Nationwide and Champions tours.

Fergus earned $375,000, his largest career winner's check, for
his first Champions Tour title. He won three times on the PGA Tour
from 1981-83 and twice on the Nationwide Tour in 1994. Ron Streck
also has won on all three of the major U.S pro men's tours.

"I had that choke factor going in," Fergus said. "But I was
after that trophy. It's why we work and leave our families, for
moments like this. And there aren't enough of them -- unless you're
Tiger Woods."

Playing the difficult par-4 18th hole for a safe bogey, Fergus
closed with a 2-under 70 for a 12-under 204 total.

O'Meara (69), a Champions Tour rookie, had his best finish since
turning 50. Irwin (68) bogeyed No. 18 in the group before Fergus to
lose a chance to force a playoff. Irwin bogeyed the last three
holes during Saturday's second round.

Tom Purtzer (71), Brad Bryant (71) and Gil Morgan (69) tied for
fourth at 10 under.

"I had that choke factor going in. But I was
after that trophy. It's why we work and leave our families, for
moments like this. And there aren't enough of them -- unless you're Tiger Woods."
-- Keith Fergus

"It's great when good guys win," Bryant said.

Fergus never lost a share of first despite several stumbles.

He hit his tee shot into the water at the par-3 fourth hole,
then chipped in for par. He made his first bogey of the week after
40 consecutive holes of par or better when he hit his tee shot into
the water at the par-4 fifth.

Fergus recovered when he birdied the par-5 sixth, and he eagled
the par-5 10th when he blasted into the hole from a greenside
bunker. After a two-putt birdie at the par-5 14th hole, Fergus took
a two-shot lead at 14 under.

However, he bogeyed the par-4 16th hole after hitting his tee
shot into high grass on the right, and survived a scare at the
par-3 17th hole, when he was able to coax a 7-foot par attempt into
the hole.

By that point, his challengers had melted away and he came to
the par-4 18th hole with a two-shot lead. Fergus blocked his tee
shot to the right and into a waste bunker, received line-of-sight
relief from a hospitality tent, but still had to punch his second
shot out into the fairway. Fergus hit his third shot within 13 feet
of the hole and two-putted for the victory.