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Johnson gets his first Tour win

July 21, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Richard S. Johnson knows there was one shot that gave him the confidence to win his first tournament on the PGA Tour.

"It all started out with that first day. I made that hole in one and all of a sudden I felt like I could make some birdies," Johnson said.

Johnson birdied three of his last four holes Sunday to shoot six-under-par 64 and win the U.S. Bank Championship by a stroke over Ken Duke. He finished at 16-under 264 on the 6,759-yard Brown Deer Park Golf Course to win the $720,000 first prize.

Johnson, the sixth golfer from Sweden to win on tour and seventh first-time winner this season, had to go through qualifying school last fall to get his tour card back and he had made the cut in only three of 10 events this season before this one.

Dean Wilson (65), Chad Campbell (65) and Chris Riley (66) tied for third at 13-under.

Kenny Perry closed strongly with a 64 to get to 12-under and finish tied for sixth. He had been criticized for skipping the British Open after winning three of his last five tournaments, including last week's John Deere Classic.

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Second-year LPGA golfer Ji Young Oh won her first tournament, sinking a six-inch putt for par to win the State Farm Classic in a playoff over rookie Yani Tseng at Springfield, Ill.

After Oh and Tseng finished regulation at 18 under, Tseng chipped her third shot on the playoff hole over the green and into the rough, then pitched her ball to about six feet from the cup. But Oh's third shot left her with the tap-in that gave her the win.

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R.W. Eaks was the runaway winner in the Champions Tour 3M Championship at Blaine, Minn., posting the lowest score in the tournament's 16-year history.

Eaks shot a seven-under 65 in the final round to finish with a 54-hole total of 23-under 193, four shots better than Ed Dougherty's finish in 2000. Gary Hallberg and Bernhard Langer tied for second at 17-under 199 for the tournament.

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Kevin Marsh of Henderson, Nev., held off Tim Hogarth of Northridge by two shots to win the 109th Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur Championship by two shots at Saticoy Country Club in Somis.

In what became a two-man battle of former national champions, the 35-year-old Marsh -- the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur and 1996 SCGA Amateur champion -- shot a three-over 75 and finished at three-under 285. The 40-year-old Hogarth -- the 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links and 2004 SCGA Amateur champion -- finished with a 74, and at 287 was the only other golfer under par for the championship.

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