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Simpson wins golf playoff in San Diego

The most difficult part of Scott Simpson's playoff victory might have been the 90 minutes he was watching TV. Or it might have been the five years he spent wondering if he would ever win again.

"I was watching and thinking, `Geez, these guys can't make any birdie putts,' " Simpson said after he made a 4-foot birdie putt on the first sudden-death hole and Skip Kendall missed a 3-footer to extend the playoff."I really thought someone would burst through and get to 14 or 15 under," Simpson said.

He needed to finish only three holes Sunday in the rain-shortened 54-hole event and got into the clubhouse at 12-under par. Then he watched Tiger Woods, Davis Love III and Kevin Sutherland miss chances to catch or pass him.

All three finished one stroke back.

Simpson needed only 23 putts in shooting a 64 in a third round that started on Saturday and ended on Sunday. It was Simpson's seventh PGA Tour victory, including the 1987 U.S. Open, but first since the 1993 Byron Nelson Classic.

The soggy victory by Simpson ended another sloppy week in which El Nino storms slamming into California made it impossible for the PGA Tour to play a full 72-hole event.

Last Monday, Pebble Beach was suspended after 36 holes and will be completed as a 54-hole tournament on Aug. 17.

LG Championship

At Naples, Fla., Gil Morgan, who started the day five shots behind, claimed his second victory of the season Sunday with a dramatic chip-in eagle on the par-5 finishing hole to take the $180,000 Senior LG Championship.

Morgan finished at 6-under-par and two shots better than Dale Douglass and Raymond Floyd .

Second-round leader Jim Albus, looking for his first victory since 1995 after two injury-plagued seasons, fell out of contention with a 77. Utah's Bruce Summerhays tied for 15th, finishing six strokes back.

Greg Norman International

At Sydney, Australia, two days after seemingly falling out of contention amid reports linking him to the White House scandal, Greg Nor-man found himself at the top of the leaderboard in his own tournament.

"It's been a very hard week, I must admit," the Australian star said Sunday after his two-stroke victory in the Greg Norman International. "I'm very pleased and very relieved. I can feel my body starting to let go."

South African Open

At Durban, South Africa, South Africa's Ernie Els won his third South African Open title Sunday, shooting a 3-under-par 69 for a three-stroke victory over countryman David Frost. Els had a 15-under 273 total.