Wood topples Glasson with late rally in Hawaii|
Oahu, HI (Sports Network) - Willie Wood birdied the final two holes on Sunday
to come from behind and beat Bill Glasson at the Pacific Links Hawaii
Wood closed with a 6-under 66 to finish at 14-under-par 202. It was his second
win in three weeks on the Champions Tour.
"This one feels a little different than the one in New York because I had won.
It wasn't nearly the pressure. Felt much more comfortable and things just fell
into place," Wood said in a televised interview.
"I had a great back nine. I didn't make a bogey the whole tournament, and
that's something I don't think I've ever done."
Glasson, who led by four entering the final round, had five bogeys and three
birdies over the last eight holes en route to an even-par 72 in the final
round. Glasson took second at minus-13.
Peter Senior birdied the final four holes to grab third place at 12-under-par
204. Senior closed with a 3-under 69 at Kapolei Golf Course.
Tom Lehman (67) and David Frost (69) shared fourth place at minus-11.
Glasson birdied the first to push his lead to five. He parred the next seven
holes before converting a birdie effort in the ninth to stretch his lead back
to four after Wood started to make a move.
Wood birdied the third, sixth and ninth in the group ahead of Glasson to make
the turn at minus-11.
Glasson, whose last PGA Tour sanctioned win was at the 1997 Las Vegas
Invitational, started to struggle on the final nine. He traded a bogey for a
birdie from the 11th.
After he tripped to a bogey on 13, Wood rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at 14
to get within two. Glasson responded with a birdie on the 14th to regain a 3-
Wood scrambled for a par on the 15th and also parred 16. Glasson had a tough
lie in a fairway bunker on 15 and he came up short of the green with his
Glasson failed to get up and down for his par. He missed the green at the
par-3 16th and that led to another bogey, which cut his lead to one.
Wood chipped to three feet at the 17th and tapped that in for birdie. Glasson
responded with his own birdie at 17 to move one ahead.
Moments later, Wood drained an 18-foot birdie putt at the last to match
Glasson at 14-under. Glasson found the fairway off the tee at 18, but pulled
his approach shot left of the green.
Glasson chipped to eight feet, but missed the par putt to the right. That gave
Wood his second win in the last three Champions Tour events.
"The putts continue to fall and I got a little bit lucky with the way Bill
finished," Wood said on TV.
NOTES: Wood, who collected $270,000 for the win, was the only player to go
bogey-free for the tournament...Despite the loss, Glasson earned his seventh
top-10 finish of the season on the Champions Tour...After a 2-week break, the
tour will be in North Carolina for the SAS Championship, where Kenny Perry won
by one last year.
09/16 22:43:49 ET