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Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship

Willie Wood wins Hawaii Championship


KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) Willie Wood took advantage of Bill Glasson's back-nine collapse to win the inaugural Hawaii Championship on Sunday for his second Champions Tour victory in the last three events.

The 51-year-old Wood birdied the last two holes for a 6-under 66 and won by a stroke when Glasson bogeyed the final hole. Wood played 54 holes without a bogey, finishing at 14-under 202 at Kapolei Golf Course.

``I had a great back nine,'' Wood said. ``I just hung in there and the putts kept continuing to fall, and I got a little bit lucky with the way Bill finished. ... I knew Bill would have to help us out some.''

Five strokes behind Glasson entering the round, Wood chipped to 5 feet to set up his birdie on the par-5 17th and holed a 20-footer for birdie on the par-4 18th.

``I know how Bill feels,'' Wood said ``We all go through that.''

Wood also rallied to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open last month in New York, making a long birdie putt on the final hole of regulation and beating Michael Allen with a par on the first hole of a playoff. That was his first victory since he won the 1996 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic for his lone PGA Tour title.

``This week feels a little different than the one in New York because I'd won and there wasn't nearly the pressure. I felt much more comfortable and it just fell into place.''

Glasson, winless in 47 starts on the 50-and-over tour, shot a 72. He began the round with a four-stroke lead and increased his advantage to five, but gave it away on the back nine. The seven-time PGA Tour winner had five bogeys and three birdies on the final eight holes.

``The last six or seven holes were a roller coaster,'' Glasson said. ``It got a little but iffy between clubs out there, but you have to give Woody credit.''

Needing a birdie to win or a par to force a playoff, Glasson hit a sand wedge approach on the 18th that skidded down a bank between the green and a pond. He chipped to 10 feet and missed the putt.

``I hit that putt at 18 too hard. Couldn't get the speed right,'' Glasson said. ``I need to work on some things. If I start missing greens, my short game isn't good enough.''

Australia's Peter Senior birdied the final four holes for a 69 to finish third at 12 under.

Charles Schwab Cup points leader Tom Lehman and David Frost tied for fourth at 11 under. Lehman closed with a 67, and Frost shot a 69.

Tied with Allen, Fred Couples and Roger Chapman for the tour victory lead, Wood earned $270,000 to jump from 22nd to 14th on the money list with $854,817 in 10 events. The top 30 will qualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz.

``I wish we had a tournament next week,'' Wood said. ``I'm confident now. It's been so much fun playing well.''

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