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

Updated: March 9, 2003, 9:25 PM ET
Associated Press

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.''


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