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Eger edges Armour to win in Mississippi



Saucier, MS (Sports Network) - David Eger captured his first victory in nearly five years, closing with a three-under 69 to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on Sunday.

Eger finished three rounds on the Fallen Oak course with an 11-under 205, beating Tommy Armour III by a shot.

It was the third Champions Tour win for Eger and first since Aug. 21, 2005 when he titled at the Seattle stop.

"A long time coming," said Eger.

Armour shared the lead with Eger deep into the final round, but bogeyed the par-three 17th when he missed a three-foot putt. Eger birdied the 16th for a two-shot lead, knocking his pitching-wedge to about three feet.

Knowing he had a two-shot lead and vowing not to "putt it off the green," Eger closed with a three-putt bogey at the 18th hole to win by a stroke. It marked the first time in eight months that he finished inside the top 10.

"Unfortunately I didn't end in glory, but good enough," said Eger, who collected $240,000 for the victory.

Armour fired a five-under 67 to finish at 10-under 206. Playing his first season on the Champions Tour, the 50-year-old will have to wait longer for his first win.

"This week I just gave too many shots to the field," said Armour, who won twice on the PGA Tour. "I had three three-putts during the week, and I had four penalty shots. So, you know, that's ... giving a lot of shots away to the field. Can't do that on any tour."

Tom Kite had a 69 and took third place at eight-under 208, while David Peoples (68), Fred Funk (69) and Mark James (69) tied for fourth at 209.

David Frost and Brad Bryant, who shared the 36-hole lead with Eger, finished well off his pace. Frost had a 74 and ended five shots back, while Bryant carded a 75 to finish six shots behind.

Eger, 58, carded three straight rounds of 69 or better and became the first winner of this inaugural event. His final round Sunday included six birdies and three bogeys -- an up-and-down effort, but good enough.

"You don't know, as birthdays continue to fly by, if you're ever going to do this again," Eger said about the gap between his wins. "I knew I could."

NOTES: Eger won his first Champions Tour title in 2003...He never did better than a tie for fifth place on the PGA Tour...The tour is off until May 14 when the Regions Charity Classic begins...Keith Fergus won that title last year.

05/02 17:12:01 ET


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