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Appleby avoids a Funk to win Kemper

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As soon as Stuart Appleby arrived for the final round of the Kemper Open he knew it was going to be a grind-it-out kind of day.

"Knowing the wind was going to blow early on, I knew I didn't have to shoot a really good score," Appleby said Sunday after he closed with a 72 to finish at 10-under-par 274, one stroke better than Scott Hoch."It was so windy and firm and fast out there today. I knew the back nine was going to be tough and that there would be a lot of wedges to 30 or 40 feet and two putts for par. I just stayed patient."

Appleby was one of the few who maintained his patience in a windswept final round on the TPC at Avenel.

Of those who started the day within four strokes of the lead, Fred Funk shot a 77. Chris DiMarco had a 79, Tommy Tolles turned in a 74 and Clark Dennis shot a 73, as did Brad Fabel.

Only Mark O'Meara, who closed with a 69, and Hoch, with a 70, broke par among the contenders.

No one's fortune was tossed about more mightily than Funk, who led after each of the first three rounds but finished four strokes back along with O'Meara, Fabel, Dennis and Tolles.

Funk, a local favorite who grew up in Maryland, lost all hope early when made bogeys on the first and third holes and then had a triple bogey on No. 4, driving into the water.

It all came down to the final hole for Appleby.

The 27-year-old Australian stood on the 18th fairway, 214 yards from the green with a one-stroke lead and a wicked wind whipping rain into his face.

With a 3-iron in his hand and the ball slightly below his feet on a sidehill lie, Appleby had to somehow get the ball on the green and two-putt to hold off Hoch.

The swing was smooth, the contact was solid and the ball jumped off the club face directly at the target Appleby had picked right of the green. Then it drew back gently - just as he planned - and ended 15 feet from the hole.

Two putts later he had his second career victory on the PGA Tour.

LPGA MICHELOB LIGHT CLASSIC: At St. Louis, Annika Sorenstam won the LPGA Michelob Light Classic for the third time in four years, forcing a playoff with a final-hole birdie before beating Donna Andrews on the second extra hole.

The victory, worth $90,000, was her first this year and 13th career. Her final-round 70 tied Sorenstam at 208.

NATIONWIDE SENIORS: At Alpharetta, Ga., John Jacobs shot a 5-under-par 67 for his first PGA victory, the Nationwide Seniors Championship, worth $202,500.

Jacobs finished at 10-under 206, edging Hale Irwin by one stroke and Gil Morgan and Leonard Thompson by two.

ENGLISH OPEN: At Ware, England, Lee Westwood won his second straight European Tour event when he closed the English Open with a 4-under-par 68 for Sunday's two-stroke victory.