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Webb dreamy about final putt

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- It's the stuff a little kid dreams of: sinking a putt on the final hole to win a $1 million golf tournament.

Pulling it off, Karrie Webb attests, wasn't as easy as it seemed Sunday.The 24-year-old Australian birdied the last three holes and edged Cindy McCurdy by one stroke to win the LPGA Rochester International. Victory came by way of a left-to-right curler from six feet away on No. 18.

"I definitely was shaking before, and then I think I was shaking a whole lot more after," said Webb, who closed with a 2-under-par 70 for an 8-under 280 total at the Locust Hill course. "The crowd was just so loud. It's such a big buzz.

"It's the stuff I dreamt about as a kid . . . . I've had such a good year so far, I don't think there's much now that can ruin it."

It was Webb's 14th LPGA victory and her fifth in 13 outings this year. As a rookie on the American tour in 1996, she became the first player to earn more than $1 million in a season.

Mickey Wright holds the record for most wins in one year -- 13 in 1963.

McCurdy, whose only tour win came in 1993, closed with a 68. Another stroke back was Kristi Albers (69), who also picked up her only career victory six years ago.

South Korea's Se Ri Pak and Hall of Famer Beth Daniel both shot 68 to tie for fourth place at 4-under.

McCurdy, 36, a native of Forest Park, Ga., joined the tour in 1988 and won the Sun-Times Challenge in Naperville, Ill., in 1993 when she was still known as Cindy Schreyer.

On Sunday, she jump-started with three birdies, then jockeyed with Webb for the lead on the back nine.

Webb, entering the final round with a two-stroke lead, played the front nine in even par, allowing McCurdy to catch her at the turn. Webb bogeyed No. 10 after McCurdy had birdied it, but the momentum swung back when Webb birdied No. 12 and McCurdy bogeyed Nos. 13 and 14.

BELLSOUTH SENIOR CLASSIC: Bruce Fleisher made a 12-foot birdie on the 17th hole and held on for his fourth victory of the season, by one stroke over Al Geiberger in the BellSouth Senior Classic in Nashville, Tenn.

Fleisher continued his remarkable rookie year with a final-round 6-under-par 66 for a 16-under-par 200 total, and moved past Allen Doyle into first place on the Senior PGA Tour money-winning list with $1,104,592.

Geiberger also shot a 66, finishing one stroke ahead of Bruce Summerhays (65), Tom Jenkins (64) and Gil Morgan (67). Jenkins had the best round of the day with a 64; Summerhays shot 65, and Morgan shot a 67. Gary McCord (65) finished tied with first-round leader Jim Albus (68) for sixth at 13-under.

ST. JUDE CLASSIC: Jose Maria Olazabal is honest about his chances of winning the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn. He says he doesn't have any.

The reigning Masters champion cruised around the Tournament Players Club at Southwind course Sunday, making eight birdies on 14 holes before heavy rain forced postponement of the final round. Play was to resume Monday at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

Olazabal sits atop the leaderboard at 15-under par, but six golfers are just a stroke behind and all have at least 14 holes left to play.

With the greens softened by all the rain, Olazabal expects someone in that group or perhaps one of the 28 other players within five shots of him will get hot and pass him.

The group one shot behind Olazabal includes Omar Uresti, Rick Fehr and the four third-round leaders -- Hal Sutton, Tom Lehman, Ted Tryba and Tim Herron.

Brett Quigley is alone at 13-under and seven golfers are at 12-under, including David Frost, who tied a PGA Tour and St. Jude record by shooting a 16-under 126 that gave him a four-stroke lead after two rounds. He ballooned to a 3-over 74 on Saturday.

GERMAN OPEN: Jarmo Sandelin of Sweden beat Retief Goosen on the first playoff hole at the German Open in Berlin after the South African's missed 3-foot putt at the 18th cost him the title. Sandelin parred the playoff hole while Goosen had a bogey, after both shot final-round 68s to tie at 14-under-par 274 after 72 holes.