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Toms repeats as St. Jude champion

Sorenstam wins LPGA tournament; Storms stop seniors

David Toms hits from the sand during the final round of the St. Jude Classic.
David Toms hits from the sand during the final round of the St. Jude Classic.
Mark Humphrey, Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — David Toms showed Sunday that he still knows how to finish off a tournament.

Toms started the final round of the St. Jude Classic with a seven-stroke lead, and nothing — not even windy conditions — could stop him from repeating as champion.

Toms shot a 2-over-par 73 and finished with a six-stroke victory over Bob Estes for his 10th PGA Tour victory and first since winning here last June.

Toms has won six times, including five straight, when entering the final round with at least a share of the lead after 54 holes. He also becomes the just the third golfer to win consecutive titles in Memphis, and the first since the tournament moved to the TPC at Southwind in 1989. Dave Hill won in 1969 and '70, while Lee Trevino took the titles in 1971 and 1972 at Colonial Country Club.

Toms finished with a 16-under 268 and won $846,000.

Estes birdied the final hole for a 69 and was second at 274. Steve Lowery (67) and Tim Herron (70) tied for third at 275. Stewart Cink (69), Fredrik Jacobson (69), Vaughn Taylor (74) and Brian Gay (73) all tied at 276.

LPGA CORNING CLASSIC: At Corning, N.Y., Annika Sorenstam shot a 4-under-par 68 for a two-stroke victory over third-round leader Michelle Estill and Vicki Goetze-Ackerman at the Corning Classic.

It was Sorenstam's third victory in six tournaments this year, No. 51 overall, and her 16th come-from-behind triumph as she rallied from a stroke back. The win came a year after Sorenstam had skipped Corning to play against the men at Colonial.

Sorenstam finished at 18-under 270 and pocketed $150,000 to take over the top spot on the money list from Grace Park.

Estill, who finished with a 71, was bidding for her first win in nearly 13 years. Instead, she squandered a four-shot lead over the final 11 holes and tied Goetze-Ackerman, who had a bogey-free closing 67.

SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Louisville, Ky., Hale Irwin held a one-shot lead over Dave Barr and Jay Haas when the final round was suspended at the rain-plagued Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla.

A powerful front that spawned tornados in Indiana moved through the area, triggering the fourth delay in four days. Play was suspended late Sunday afternoon. The players were due to resume their final rounds early Monday.

Irwin completed just one hole in his final round, making a bogey, and was at 7 under. The leader after the first three rounds had nine holes left on his suspended third round Sunday morning, and he finished it up with his second straight 69.

VOLVO PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: At Virginia Water, England, Scotland's Scott Drummond, ranked 435th in the world, shot an 8-under-par 64 for a two-stroke victory at the Volvo PGA Championship.

Drummond was an alternate for the event and found out Wednesday that he would be playing.

He closed with a bogey-free round and finished at 19-under 269. Argentina's Angel Cabrera, who led after three rounds, finished with a 67.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: At Raleigh, N.C., Chris Anderson made a 15-foot par putt on the eighth playoff hole to beat Brendan Jones and win the SAS Carolina Classic.

Anderson and Jones were part of a four-man playoff that included Jason Buha and Paul Gow, who were eliminated on the first extra hole. The four players were tied at 13-under-par 271 at the end of regulation.