Forsman cruises to Regions Charity title



Hoover, AL (Sports Network) - Dan Forsman posted a six-under-par 66 on Sunday to come from behind and cruise to a three-shot victory at the Regions Charity Classic.

Forsman, 51, finished at 20-under 196 and won comfortably over Joe Ozaki (66) and Peter Senior (68) at the Robert Trent Jones Trail at Ross Bridge.

On Saturday, Forsman established a new course record with a 10-under 62 and his 196 total missed Hale Irwin's 2001 tournament record by a single stroke.

The win was Forsman's second on the Champions Tour. He captured last year's AT&T Champions Classic and was a five-time winner on the PGA Tour with his last title coming in 2002.

"I'm thrilled to win my second Champions Tour event," said Forsman, who pocketed $255,000 for the victory. "To win the championship is an unbelievable experience."

David Peoples carded a four-under 68 and took fourth place at minus-15.

Jeff Sluman also had a 68 on Sunday and shared fifth with second-round leader Bobby Clampett, who, in only his second Champions Tour start, struggled to a one-over 73 in the final round. The pair finished at 14-under 202.

Forsman began the final round a stroke out of the lead, but rolled in a 12- foot birdie putt at the first hole. At the par-five third, he two-putted for another birdie, but was still a stroke behind Clampett.

Forsman missed two makable birdie putts at four and five, but knocked a rescue club to 12 feet at the par-five sixth. He made his eagle putt, Clampett made birdie and they were tied for the lead.

Clampett double-bogeyed the seventh and Forsman was two ahead. He extended the cushion with a spectacular run around the turn. Forsman birdied four in a row, including a tap-in at the ninth.

After that strong run, Forsman was 22-under par and five shots clear of the field. It was then that a storm hit the course and it seriously impacted Forsman.

"I was off to the races," said Forsman. "The only thing that could cool me down today was Mother Nature. It was coming down really bad."

Forsman drove into the trees at 13 and made a bogey. He three-putted for another bogey at No. 14, but his advantage was still three strokes.

Forsman parred his last four to hang on for the win.

Jay Don Blake (67), Bob Tway (68), Chien Soon Lu (68) and American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin (68) shared seventh place at 13-under 203.

Ken Green played his first individual event since part of his right leg was amputated last summer after a horrific car accident that also killed his brother and girlfriend.

He posted a three-over 75 on Sunday and tied for 73rd at plus-nine.

NOTES: Forsman moved to third on the Champions Tour money list...The tie for second was Senior's best finish on the elder circuit and matched Ozaki's best showing...In two weeks, it's the Senior PGA Championship, the first major for the Champions Tour. Michael Allen won that last year.

05/16 17:51:56 ET

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