Tim Simpson was concentrating on watching playing partner Davis Love III chop away at Simpson's lead when John Mahaffey's name popped up on the scoreboard at the Disney Golf Classic. "Hey, where did he come from?" Simpson recalled Saturday. "Here he was only one stroke back I figured I'd better pay attention."
That's how Mahaffey finished _ one stroke behind Simpson's 72-hole score of 264. Mahaffey, who had started eight strokes back of the leader, carded an 8-under-par 64 while Simpson was struggling in with a 71.
"I made it a little tougher on myself than I had to," said Simpson, who had started the final day six strokes ahead of Love and Payne Stewart.
It wasn't a collapse as much as a return to golfing reality for Simpson, who earlier put together scores of 64-64-65 to tie the PGA Tour's 54-hole record of 193.
His 23-under-par total put him in position to challenge the 72-hole mark of 27-under-par held by Ben Hogan and Mike Souchak.
"I'm sorry I didn't get the record," said Simpson. "I wasn't protecting my lead or anything. I played pretty solid but I just couldn't make the putts."
Love, who started six strokes behind Simpson, rattled off a string of birdies but came up with a single, costly bogey to end his chances.
Mahaffey left a birdie putt on 18 short and to the left. That could have tied him with Simpson, who later parred the same hole.
"Unfortunately, I misread the putt on 18 and the rest is history," said Mahaffey. "I felt I would have to shoot in the 50s to catch Tim."
Simpson, the Disney defending champion who hadn't won in 1990, picked up the $180,000 first prize. He is a 13-year PGA Tour veteran who had won three times previously and was 13th on the official money list.
Ex-U.S. Open champ Worsham dies at 73
POQUOSON, Va. _ Lew Worsham, winner of the 1947 U.S. Open golf championship, died Friday after a long illness. He was 73.
Worsham retired as a pro golfer in 1982 and was involved with the game for 55 years.
Worsham's most notable victory was his triumph over Sam Snead in an 18-hole playoff for the U.S. Open in 1947. He shot a 69 to edge Snead by a single shot at the St. Louis Country Club in Clayton, Mo., after the two had tied with 72-hole scores of 282.
Worsham played on the PGA tour from 1946 to 1955. He played in the Masters tournament for 16 years. His best finish was a tie for third in 1953.
Worsham is survived by his wife, Virginia.