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Huston, we have no problem! John gets 1st Champs win



Endicott, NY (Sports Network) - John Huston needed only three starts to get his first Champions Tour victory.

A final-round, seven-under 65 on Sunday gave Huston the win at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. He finished at 16-under 200 and won by three strokes at En-Joie Golf Club.

Huston turned 50 on June, 1 of this year and posted a pair of top-16 finishes. On Sunday, he picked up his first title since the 2003 Southern Farm Bureau Classic on the PGA Tour.

"Every time you tee it up, in the back of your mind you're hoping you'll win," said Huston. "It certainly feels good to go ahead and get a win early. I was hopeful."

Nick Price shot a six-under 66 on Sunday and took second at minus-13.

Second-round leader Mark Wiebe was right in the mix for his second title in a row, but three consecutive bogeys from the 12th derailed that chance. The Greater Hickory Classic winner had a one-under 71 in the final round and came in third at 12-under 204.

Jim Gallagher, Jr. (65) and Joey Sindelar (68) shared fourth place at 11-under 205.

But it was Huston who made it to the winner's circle.

He broke into red figures with a birdie at the par-five third. Huston birdied the sixth, then three-putted the seventh for a bogey. After back-to-back birdies at eight and nine, Huston was tied for the lead with Wiebe at 12-under par.

Wiebe made a couple of 15-foot birdie putts at 10 and 11 to move two clear of Huston. The par-five 12th would turn out to be the swing hole for the entire championship.

Huston made a six-foot birdie putt and Wiebe bogeyed the hole to tie the two in first. At the 13th, the same thing happened with a Huston birdie and a Wiebe bogey, which gave Huston a two-shot lead.

In the span of two holes, Huston went from two down, to two up.

"That was definitely the turning point in the tournament, but for me personally I was just trying to do my own thing," said Huston.

Price got within one of the lead and even though Wiebe bogeyed 14 as well to fall three back, he rebounded. Wiebe birdied the 15th and 16th, but Huston saved a crazy par at 15 after a bad drive and shaky approach, then hit a spectator en route to birdie at 16.

Huston walked to the 17th tee with a two-shot lead over Price and Wiebe and seemingly closed the door on the championship with a great tee ball close at 17. He made the easy birdie putt to move three ahead with one to go.

Huston hit a terrible tee shot at 18, but saved par for his first title.

"I felt like I was hitting the ball really well and I thought if my putting held up at all, that I would do pretty well and this is definitely the best putting week that I had," said Huston.

Price could get no closer and Wiebe bogeyed the finishing hole to come in four behind.

"I think I just went into a little bit of a funk. You know, I hadn't made a bogey all week and I don't think I made one at Rock Barn. I made one so I thought that was fun, I'll make two more," said Wiebe. "But I will say also, congratulations to John Huston. He played great."

Peter Senior (67), Peter Jacobsen (68), Ted Schulz (68) and Jay Don Blake (70) tied for sixth at 10-under 206.

NOTES: Huston pocketed $262,500 for the win...Hale Irwin tied for 10th at nine-under par and matched Bob Charles' Champions Tour record for most top 10s with 203...Next week is the Montreal Championship in Quebec, where Larry Mize is the defending champion.

06/26 20:15:10 ET


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