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TWAY WINS PLAYOFF, MCI CLASSIC

Bob Tway, emerging from a group of scrambling competitors, won his first tournament since 1990, defeating Nolan Henke on the second playoff hole at the MCI Classic on Sunday.

Tway, whose last PGA Tour victory came in the 1990 Las Vegas Invitational, put his tee shot three feet past the cup on No. 17. After Henke bogeyed the par-3 hole, Tway backhanded his tap in for the win."When you're down so long, you start thinking you're never going to get back," said Tway, who shot a 67 for a 9-under 275. "I guess the key is never give up hope."

Tway never did on a day when the leaderboard changed like lightning. There were 10 players, as many as four at a time, who shared the lead.

Henke, who also shot 67, birdied three of his final four holes to tie Tway. The pair waited nearly two hours until David Frost, a runner-up in three of his last five MCI Classic appearances, dropped in a birdie on No. 18 to join them. Mark McCumber, part of a quartet of third-round leaders along with Frost, slid a 4-footer by the cup on No. 18 for bogey to drop from the playoff.

Frost stubbed his chip shot after overshooting the green on the first playoff hole, missing the par putt. "People say I've had a lot of disappointments here," he said. "But there are a lot of people who'd like to be in my position. I say they're good disappointments."

Woody Austin, who shook the leaderboard with a 64, Nick Faldo and McCumber were a stroke back at 8-under 276. Nick Price, Ernie Els, Steve Lowery, Gil Morgan, Tom Watson and David Edwards were next at 277.

Tway, who began three shots behind the leaders, made four birdies on the front nine to go 9 under. He made bogey at No. 10, then fought to save par the rest of the way until the 17th.

After a drive that put him way right near the temporary stands, Tway lofted a chip 30 yards that settled into the cup - "I promise you I wasn't thinking of making that chip," he said - and moved him to 9 under.

Gene Sauers, the first-round co-leader who grew up 65 miles south in Savannah, Ga., seemed likely to grab control during a round where several golfers surged, then fell back.

Peter Jacobsen, a two-time winner this season, also joined the tie at 9 under, but he lost his chance with three bogeys after the turn. Phil Mickelson also got to 9 under, but blew up with a double bogey on No. 13 and a bogey on No. 14.

McCumber birdied No. 2 to go to 9 under, then made 11 straight pars. His birdie at the 16th offset a bogey on No. 14. His birdie attempt on No. 17 fell short and, after leaving a chip four feet past the cup, missed the par putt on No. 18.

In Pinehurst, N.C., LPGA veteran Rosie Jones is back in the winner's circle after a four-year absence and a battle with a thyroid problem that left her golf game in disarray.

Jones, 35, won her sixth career event Sunday with a sudden-death win over Dottie Mochrie at the inaugural Pinewild Women's Championship.

Jones had won more than $2 million on tour but dropped to 42nd on the money list last season - her lowest since her rookie season of 1982.

"I probably went about a year-and-a half not knowing I was sick," Jones said of her thyroid condition. "I was very tired, cranky, emotional, couldn't concentrate - just mean."

She began taking medication last August and has since turned her game around. Before Sunday's dramatic win, she also had a third-and fifth-place finish in six events.

Jones sank her winning 12-foot birdie putt on the same hole - No. 18 - where she almost blew the tournament moments earlier to Mochrie, an eight-time tour winner.

Mochrie had an 8-footer for birdie that could have sent the pair back to play the par-5 487-yard hole again. But she missed it left and Jones threw her hands up into the air to signal her first win since 1991.

Jones finished at 5-under-par 211 after a final-round 69.