Billy Andrade's first win on the PGA Tour was tempered by the fact it came at the expense of his best friend. Andrade made two birdies and a scrambling par to force a playoff, then made a birdie on the first extra hole Sunday to beat Jeff Sluman and win the Kemper Open.
"It's unfortunate that it had to be him," Andrade said. "If I beat (Greg) Norman or somebody, then it would have been really unbelievable. But beating somebody that I'm so close to, it's difficult."
Andrade was all but assured the $180,000 top prize when Sluman's first shot in the playoff ended up in the water to the right of the 17th hole. Sluman teed it up again, taking a stroke penalty, and hit the green. But when he missed the putt he conceded to Andrade, who tapped in his birdie putt.
"I'm very ecstatic and very happy. But I almost wish he knocked it on the green and I made the birdie putt to win," Andrade said. "I just felt really bad when his ball went in the water."
The two have been best friends since 1988, and they often room together on the road.
Andrade committed to the Kemper just last week while on the fifth hole of the pro-am tournament at the Colonial Tournament. He had forgotten to call Kemper officials when someone asked him if he was playing in the tournament.
He immediately ran off the course, made a phone call, and reserved a spot in the field.
Sluman, a former Florida State standout, appeared headed toward his second victory on the tour when he made consecutive birdies on the 13th and 14th holes to take a two-stroke lead over Andrade. But he made par on the final four holes.
On the 18th, Andrade put his tee shot into a bunker and did the same with his approach. But he blasted out of the sand within three feet of the pin and made the putt.
Andrade (67) and Sluman (65) finished regulation at 21-under 263. Bill Britton was at 266, and third-round leader Hal Sutton finished tied with Norman and Mark Brooks at 267. Norman was tied for the lead at the turn, but bogeys on the 11th and 14th holes knocked him out of contention.
Coody's record-tying 193
wins Commemorative title
SCARBOROUGH, N.Y. _ Charles Coody tied the Senior PGA scoring record with a 17-under-par 193 and won the NYNEX Commemorative tournament.
Coody followed his course-record 62 in the second round with a final-round 65 over the 6,545-yard Sleepy Hollow Country Club course, beating Don Massengale by three strokes and winning $60,000.
The 53-year-old Coody, winning for the first time this year and third time since joining the tour in 1987, matched the 193 shot by Bob Charles in winning this championship in 1989. Coody bogeyed the 16th hole Sunday to keep him from the outright record.
Massengale, who finished with a 63, was alone at 196, followed by Lee Trevino, who had a third consecutive 66 for 198.
Bruce Crampton, third after 36 holes, withdrew from the tournament Sunday when he had back spasms while picking up luggage in his hotel room. Crampton, who had a 66 Saturday, had been criticized by Chi Chi Rodriguez for slow play. Rodriguez finished at even-par 210.
Jones in two-shot win at Rochester International
ROCHESTER, N.Y. _ Rosie Jones shot a 6-under-par 66 to win the LPGA Rochester International by two shots over Danielle Ammaccapane and Brandie Burton.
Jones, who started the round in fourth, had six birdies and no bogeys to finish at 12-under 276 over the 6,162-yard Locust Hill Country Club course.
Jones had not won a tournament since 1988. She becomes the 15th different winner of 15 LPGA tournaments this year.
Finishing three shots back at 9 under was Pat Bradley. Colleen Walker of Brandon, who led by two shots after the third round, finished at 8 under with Beth Daniel.
British Masters: Seve Ballesteros shot a 3-over-par 75, but his seven-shot lead going into the day enabled him to win at Woburn, England, by three strokes for his second major British title in as many weeks. He now leads the European money list.
Quicksilver Open: Lon Hinkle, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, shot an even-par 72 for a 6-under 210 and a two-shot victory in the Ben Hogan tour event at Midway, Pa.