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Allenby regroups to win

Aussie is forced to focus on golf after tragedies

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LIGONIER, Pa. — Once he got his mind back on golf, Robert Allenby made short work of the Pennsylvania Classic.

At least it was short by his standards.

The 30-year-old Aussie had never won a PGA Tour event without having to go extra holes, including a four-hole playoff at the Houston Open last year and a six-man playoff at the Nissan Open in February.

On Sunday at Laurel Valley, a playoff was never a possibility.

Allenby closed with a 4-under 68 and refused to let anyone get closer than three strokes, winning for second time this year to join Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the only players with at least two victories in each of the past two seasons.

"I was waiting for this day, to win in regulation," said Allenby, who finished at 19-under 269 and earned $594,000, pushing him over $2 million for the season. He finished three shots ahead of Larry Mize and hometown favorite Rocco Mediate.

"I was fortunate enough that no one made a big charge," Allenby said. "But at the same time, I think I played well enough to really take control of the tournament."

Allenby took control of the tournament in the second round, which coincides with the time that he took control of his focus.

He had been distraught over the terrorist attacks and found himself glued to the television when he wasn't inside the ropes. Allenby stayed at Laurel Valley Golf Club and kept the TV on whenever he was in his room.

The PGA Tour resumed after a week off because of the attacks, putting American flags on all 18 pins and inside the tee markers.

Allenby stuck a lapel pin in his visor that combined flags from the United States and Australia. He got it two days before the attacks while attending a party held by the Australian ambassador and attended by Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Allenby never had a birdie putt longer than 10 feet in his second-round 65 that gave him the lead. He had to return to the course Sunday morning to finish his third round, made a birdie right out of the gate and completed a 66 for a three-stroke lead.

SAS SENIORS: Cary, N.C., senior PGA Tour rookie Bruce Lietzke won for the second time in three months, carding a final-round 6-under-par 66 to take the SAS Championship by three shots over Gary McCord and Allen Doyle.

The $240,000 top prize moved Lietzke's season earnings in seven events to more than $813,000. His best season in 27 years on the PGA Tour was in 1992 when he made $703,805.

Lietzke, who turned 50 on July 18, finished with a 15-under 201 total and had to hold off a host of golfers who made final-round charges at the 7,137-yard Prestonwood Country Club course.

McCord shot a 67 to tie Doyle (66) at 12-under.

Jim Thorpe didn't win his third straight tournament but did close with a 64, the lowest round of the tourney.

ASAHI RYOKUKEN: At North Augusta, S.C., Tina Fischer shot a 2-under-par 70 to hold off a charge by Annika Sorenstam and win the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship, becoming the LPGA's fourth straight first-time winner.

Fischer began the final round two strokes behind second-round leader Kris Tschetter. She took the lead with birdies on Nos. 3 and 6.

Fischer, who won $180,000, had only one more birdie the rest of the way, but that was enough on a day when no one could make a winning move. She finished three rounds on the Mount Vintage Plantation course at 10-under 206, one shot ahead of Emilee Klein (70) and Tracy Hanson (71).

Sorenstam, who began the final round six strokes off the lead, and Lori Kane shot 68s and were another stroke back.

LANCOME TROPHY: At Saint Nom La Breteche, France, Sergio Garcia produced a five-shot swing over the last four holes and beat U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen by one stroke to win the Lancome Trophy.

The Spaniard closed with a 65 for an 18-under-par total of 266 and his first victory in Europe in two years. Goosen shot a 67 for 267. Garcia wore a back ribbon on his cap all week in tribute to the terrorist victims in the United States.

Goosen was four strokes ahead with four holes to play after making five straight birdies in the middle of his round. But Garcia made birdie putts at Nos. 15-17 and won when the South African bogeyed the final two holes.

Jean Hugo of South Africa was third with a 66 for 269.