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Sluman Wins This Time

July 15, 2002|Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Jeff Sluman held it together this time on the final day of the Greater Milwaukee Open.

Sluman fired a three-under-par 68 Sunday for a four-stroke victory over Tim Herron (66) and Steve Lowery (70) and his second Greater Milwaukee Open title. He also won in 1998.

His 23-under 261 total was one stroke shy of Loren Roberts' 72-hole tournament record set two years ago.

Sluman also led the field heading into the final day last year, but his erratic play caught up to him and he faltered to a 10th-place finish.

"I had a lot of friends and family up from Chicago to cheer me on and after feeling last year like I disappointed them, I was certainly glad to get it done this year," Sluman said.

After bogeying the second hole, Sluman made four consecutive birdies, then played it safe for his sixth PGA Tour victory and the biggest paycheck of his career, $558,000.

Kenny Perry (65) took fourth, one stroke ahead of Joey Sindelar (65), Greg Chalmers (69) and J.P. Hayes (67).

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