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COOK SERVES UP A SIZEABLE PGA VICTORY

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John Cook won the St. Jude Classic by seven shots Sunday, missing a PGA Tour record by one stroke when his chip shot on the last hole bounced off the pin.

He closed with a 2-under-par 69 and finished with a four-round total 26-under 258, one stroke off the tour record low for 72 holes set by Mike Souchak at the 1955 Texas Open.Cook won for the first time on the tour since capturing three tournaments in 1992. He won the Mexican Open during the tour's off-season last year.

"I had one of those weeks where I hit the ball great," he said. "And I made some nice putts and I did not get in the way of myself, which has been my big problem."

Cook started Sunday with a six-stroke lead over John Adams thanks to a tour record low of 189 through 54 holes. His opening three rounds were 64-62-63.

On Sunday, he had two birdies and no bogeys on his final round, but he missed five birdie chances down the stretch. His final chance to tie the record came on the par-4 No. 18 when his chip from the rough from about 75 feet bounced off the pin.

Adams, who has never won in 20 years on tour, finished second after four bogeys and five birdies gave him a 70-265. Kenny Perry was third with a 68 and 266 followed by Justin Leonard and Gil Morgan at 267.

With the $243,000 winner's check, Cook easily topped his winnings for all of 1995 when he ranked 97th on the tour with $186,977.

His total also broke the winning low total at the tournament, sponsored by FedEx. Jay Haas had totaled 263 over 72 holes in winning in 1992.

Cook birdied Nos. 2 and 10 in sealing his victory. But he sent a birdie putt inches past the hole right on the 375-yard No. 12, and a 25-foot putt ended inches left of the par-4 No. 15.

His best birdie chance to tie Souchak's record came on the par-5 No. 16. Cook chipped onto the green from the rough below within 4 feet only to face a putt over an inch-high spike mark. The birdie try lipped out.

He then left a 15-foot birdie putt an inch short on No. 17 before coming so close on No. 18.

The only battle on the TPC at Southwind course was for runner-up. Adams held second by himself even though Perry, who had five birdies, tied him at 19-under with his fourth birdie on No. 7. But Perry bogeyed Nos. 9 and 10 to drop off the pace.

Bell Atlantic Classic

MALVERN, Pa. - Dale Douglass birdied the third playoff hole Sunday to win his second Bell Atlantic Classic championship and his 11th career Senior PGA Tour title.

Douglass, who won this title in 1990, went to the extra holes tied at 4-under-par 206 with John Schroeder and Tom Wargo. For the victory, he earned $135,000, more than doubling his earnings for the entire season.

Douglass hit his approach shot at the par-4, 403-yard 16th to within five feet of the cup and drained the putt for the win.

Schroeder, who began the day at 5-under and tied for the lead, bogeyed the third playoff hole. Wargo, a first-round co-leader, made par.

At the first sudden-death playoff hole, the 488-yard par-4 18th, Douglass and Wargo both lipped out birdie putts and settled for a par. The trio parred the second playoff hole, No. 15, a 198-yard par-3.

Only six players finished the 54-hole tournament below par at the Chester Valley Golf Club, a rolling and hilly 6,608-yard layout with small and severe greens. Three of the tour's 10 toughest holes last year were here.

No more than six golfers have ever finished under par in the tournament's 12-year history. And until this week, only Gary Player had put together three consecutive rounds in the 60s, in 1990. Douglass (69-69-68) was the second.

Still, it took a while to begin whittling down the crowd at the top of the leader board.

Through 13 holes, four golfers were tied at 4-under-par, but two challengers fell out of contention with disastrous double-bogeys at the par-5 488-yard 14th hole: Walt Morgan and local favorite Jay Sigel.

Wargo and Schroeder both birdied No. 14, a right dogleg to a long, narrow and sloping green.

Sigel, a native of nearby Berwyn, Pa., was Schroeder's co-leader after 36 holes and held a one-stroke lead after 11 holes Sunday. But he preceded his 7 at the 14th with bogeys at Nos. 12 and 13, and his self-destruction continued with bogeys at Nos. 17 and 18. His back-nine 41 left him at 211.

Morgan had played error-free until then after starting the day at 1-under and getting birdies at Nos. 2, 6 and 10. He finished the tournament with a 208 in a tie with defending champion Jim Colbert.

LPGA Rochester International

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Dottie Pepper ran up a six-stroke lead Sunday, then held off a late charge by Annika Sorenstam to win the rain-battered LPGA Rochester International by two shots.

Pepper, a multiple winner on tour whose game slumped this spring, fired a 6-under-par 66 in the morning and a 71 in the afternoon to finish at 10-under 206 at the soggy Locust Hill Country Club course.

Sorenstam, the two-time U.S. Open champion from Sweden, had a 67 and a 69 on the 36-hole final day of the tournament that was shortened to 54 holes from 72. Thursday's opening round was washed out and less than half the field of 141 completed the second round on Saturday when a downpour suspended play for seven hours and the leaders got in just one or two holes.

First-round leader Amy Fruhwirth was third at 211 after a 71 and a 75.

Tied at 213 were Allison Finney, Michelle Estill and Barb Whitehead.

Pepper vaulted into a four-shot lead with seven birdies in the morning round, then birdied Nos. 1 and 9 in the final round to go up by six. She played cautiously, saving par several times with up-and-down shots from the fringe.

Her only blemish was a bogey on the par-5 11th.

Sorenstam closed the gap with birdies on 13, 16 and 18, but never got close enough to worry Pepper.

"Four shots to make up on this course is a little hard," Sorenstam said.

Pepper earned $90,000, $10,000 less than she collected for finishing second in the LPGA Skins Game in May.