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Eger closes with a 65 and Lietzke can't catch him

3/9/2003

MEXICO CITY -- David Eger birdied three of the last four
holes Sunday to win the MasterCard Classic by a stroke for his
first Champions Tour title.

Eger, seventh after Saturday, shot a 7-under 65 to finish at 12-under and take home the $300,000 first prize.

''It still hasn't sunk in,'' said Eger, who is in third place in
the season standings with 300 points. ''I just tried to take it one
ball at a time and didn't think about winning until I took my ball
out of the 18th hole.''

Defending champion Bruce Lietzke stayed with Eger until making
bogey at the 15th hole and dropped into a four-way tie at 11-under
with Hale Irwin, Eamonn Darcy and Tom Jenkins.

Lietzke, who was tied for the lead with Jenkins and Darcy at the
end of the second round, won last year after shooting a bogey-free
final round. This year, he had two bogeys and finished with a
2-under 70.

''I was very disappointed,'' Lietzke said. ''At the beginning of
the day, I thought the tournament was mine. I kept on messing up
the putts at 10 to 12 feet.''