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Faxon wins rain-shortened Insperity Championship



The Woodlands, TX (Sports Network) - Brad Faxon was declared the winner of the Insperity Championship on Sunday when heavy rain forced the cancellation of the final round.

The tournament was shortened to 36 holes and Faxon, the second-round leader, earned his first Champions Tour victory in only his sixth start on the over-50 circuit.

Faxon's seven-under 65 Saturday was enough to give him the title at 10-under 134.

"When I got here, you know, everybody was: 'Oh, you're going to win your first tournament.' I thought, I've got to get out of here," Faxon said. "I left the clubhouse and went straight to the fitness van where I was hoping there would be no players because that's the last thing you want to do is start listening to all of this stuff.

"Then I felt the buzz on my cell phone and saw that play had been canceled. Then I kind of knew."

Several players teed off on Sunday, but heavy rain forced officials to suspend play. Golfers went back to The Woodlands Country Club, but the course was unplayable and the decision was made to cancel the round.

Many of the last 10 groups on Sunday didn't hit a shot and no one got past the turn.

"The greens are puddling in and we can't even squeegee them because there's nowhere to squeegee the water if it's coming down this hard. With sunset at 6:57, we had no wiggle room," said Champions Tour official Brian Claar. "We had to bring them in and we just couldn't have time to get them out and get the course ready and to finish before darkness.

"So, Brad Faxon is the winner."

Faxon turned 50 on August 1 and didn't post a top-10 in his first five Champions Tour starts. He won eight times in his PGA Tour career, but not since 2005.

Tommy Armour III finished second at nine-under 135, while Eduardo Romero took third at eight-under par.

Champions Tour money leader Tom Lehman, Jay Haas and reigning U.S. Senior Open champion Olin Browne shared fourth place at seven-under 137.

Mark Calcavecchia took seventh at minus-six, followed by Chien Soon Lu and Peter Senior, who tied for eighth at five-under 139.

NOTES: Faxon pocketed $255,000 for the victory...This was the first tournament since last year's Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am to be shortened to 36 holes...Faxon became the first Champions Tour player to earn his maiden victory in a rain-shortened event since Leonard Thompson in 1998...The Champions Tour completes its two-week stay in Texas next week in San Antonio for the AT&T Championship, where Rod Spittle won last season.

10/09 17:10:02 ET


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