While golf's great international stars faded and failed in the stretch run Sunday, Billy Andrade seized command and went on to his second consecutive PGA Tour victory. "I was just feeding on last week," said Andrade, who scored his career-first triumph in a playoff at the Kemper Open a week ago.
"Just like last week, coming down the stretch I felt like I was in control," Andrade said after his two-stroke victory in the Buick Classic.
He established that control with a 1-under 34 over the very difficult back nine at the Westchester Country Club, shot 68 for the day and had an 11-under 273 total.
He also had a little help; inadvertent help from Hale Irwin, Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman.
The 46-year-old Irwin, the defending champion here as well as in next week's U.S. Open, and Ballesteros, the Spanish star who had won three of four starts coming into this event, each led or shared
the lead on the back nine.
Norman, attempting a comeback from what he called "a case of burnout," was within two strokes of the lead with eight holes to go.
Each of those three played the back side 2-over and took themselves out of it.
Brad Bryant, 36, who has not won in a 14-season career and missed the cut in 10 of 13 previous starts this year, came on to salvage second with a round of par 71 and a 275 total.
With the more prominent names struggling and straining over the back, Andrade, 27, found himself in his comfort zone.
"It was totally different from last week," he said. "In that one, I hadn't won and I was behind all the time and things were going through my mind. In this one, my mind was very clear. I felt very much in control. It was just a matter of going with my roll."
Geddes derails Alcott's trip to LPGA Hall of Fame
SOMERS POINT, N.J. _ Jane Geddes delayed Amy Alcott's trip to the LPGA Hall of Fame with great saves on the final two holes and captured the Atlantic City Classic by one shot Sunday.
Alcott, who would have become the 12th player to attain the highest honor in women's golf, finished tied for second with Cindy Schreyer.
Alcott, 35, nearly pulled off win No. 30, which would have gotten her into the Hall of Fame. She rallied from four strokes back after 12 holes and moved into a three-way tie for first with birdies at the 13th and 14th holes, coupled with a double-bogey by Geddes at No. 13.
Judy Dickinson, seeking her first win in five years, was the other player on top of the leaderboard. But she bogeyed the 15th hole and made double-bogey on No. 16 to fall out of contention.
Geddes and Alcott eventually went to the par-4, 355-yard 17th hole tied at 5-under. When Geddes drove way right, Alcott seemed destined to move into the lead and head into the Hall.
But things didn't work out that way.
Geddes pitched her second shot from the right rough to the left rough and then hit a sand wedge from about 100 yards to 25 feet left of the hole. Alcott, whose drive was in the short rough on the right, hit an iron to the fringe on the back of the green and then hit a lousy chip from 30 feet to 5 feet from the hole.
Geddes responded by sinking her long par-saver and Alcott then blew the putt to fall out of a share of the lead, heading to the par-4, 390-yard 18th hole on the Greater Bay Country Club.
Schreyer, who shot a 2-under 69, was in the clubhouse at 4-under par at that point, meaning if both players made a mistake there could have been a three-way playoff.
Geddes and Alcott both hit their drives right and both hit second shots to the fringe on the back of the green. Alcott chipped to 6 feet and Geddes chipped to 2 feet. After Alcott saved par, Geddes sank her putt to become the first two-time winner in 16 events on the LPGA Tour this year.
Schutte makes history as NCAA men's champion
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. _ Warren Schutte, a sophomore from UNLV, made NCAA history while stopping the historic chances of Phil Mickelson.
Schutte shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to win the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships, the first foreign-born player to win the title.
Mickelson of Arizona State failed in his bid to join Ben Crenshaw, formerly of Texas, as the only three-time individual champion. The left-hander, one of only three golfers to win a PGA Tour event as an amateur, finished in a five-way tie for fourth at 289.
Oklahoma State won the team competition, its seventh NCAA championship and first since 1987. North Carolina finished second, and Arizona State, the 1990 champion, was third.