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Stolz holds on to win first PGA title

Andre Stolz played like a veteran instead of a struggling rookie when it counted most Sunday, shooting a 5-under 67 to win the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas by a shot over Tom Lehman and two others.

Stolz two-putted from 45 feet on the final hole to win for the first time on the PGA Tour and turn what had been a dismal season into a triumphant success.

The Australian, who had made only $88,373 all year, made a crucial birdie putt on the 16th hole and then parred the last two holes to collect the $720,000 winner's check and gain a tour exemption for the next two years.

Tag Ridings, who tied the course record with a final-round 61, tied for second along with Lehman (69) and Harrison Frazar (67).

Stolz, who missed 10 of 11 cuts at one point this season, including eight in a row, began the day a stroke off the lead held by Lehman and took over it himself with a 32 on the front nine.

Dicky Pride, who needed to win to keep his tour card next year, finished two shots back after a 69. Pride hit it into the rocks on the final hole for a bogey that ruined his chances.

EUROPEAN TOUR: At St. Andrews, Scotland, Scotland's Stephen Gallacher won for the first time on the European tour, beating Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell on the first playoff hole at the Dunhill Links Championship.

Gallacher, the nephew of former European Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher, made a winning 4-foot birdie putt after McDowell hit his second shot into a creek that runs across the front of the green on the first hole of the Old Course.

Gallacher shot a 5-under-par 67 in the final round. McDowell, who matched a course record with a 62 in the first round, carded a 68.

They totaled 269 in regulation to finish a shot ahead of European Ryder Cup players Ian Poulter (69) and Luke Donald (71). Two more Englishmen followed at 272 — David Howell (71) and Lee Westwood (67).

LPGA TOUR: At North Augusta, S.C., Liselotte Neumann won her first LPGA Tour title in six years, holding off a late charge by Grace Park for a three-stroke victory at the LPGA Asahi Ryokuken International Championship.

Neumann, the 1988 U.S. Women's Open champion, closed with a final-round 68 for a 15-under 273 total, for her first win since the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship in 1998.

Park, who also closed with a 68, cut Neumann's four-shot lead to a stroke twice on the back nine. But each time, Neumann held off the challenge.

Laura Davies (70), Kris Tschetter (70) and Silvia Cavalleri (66) tied for third at 10 under.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: At Spring, Texas, Larry Nelson rallied from far off the lead and made a 5-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Hale Irwin and win the Administaff Small Business Classic.

Nelson, who started the final round seven shots back, closed with an 8-under 64 and tied Irwin (67) at 14-under 202, winning his second Champions Tour event of the year and 19th overall.

Peter Jacobsen just missed getting into the playoff. The U.S. Senior Open champion made bogey at the 18th after driving into the water. He finished with a 67 and tied second-round leader Wayne Levi (72) for third at 203.