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Gallagher's putt seals win, avoids St. Jude playoff

Jim Gallagher was certain he would win the FedEx-St. Jude Classic, even with a final round 1-over-par 72 Sunday that nearly resulted in a three-way playoff.

"I never for one time thought I wasn't going to win," he said. "I just made it a lot more exciting than I wanted it to be."

Gallagher finished at 17-under 267, one stroke ahead of Jay Delsing (67) and Ken Green (68). Gene Sauers started the round a stroke behind Gallagher but shot 73 to finish at 269.

Gallagher, who won his second title this year, parred the final five holes to finish a round that included three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.

He approached No.

18 leading by a stroke and sent his second shot into a bunker right of the green. He recovered, leaving a 12-footer for par and the victory.

"I felt good over the putt," he said. "I said "Man this has been too good a week, and it means too much to me to win.'

"I didn't see the ball go in. I just turned around when it was about an inch from the hole. I knew when I heard my caddie scream."

Gallagher led by as many as four strokes after five holes, having opened with three birdies and going 21-under for the tournament. But he hurt himself when he bogeyed No. 8, double-bogeyed No. 12 and bogeyed 13.

That dropped him to 17-under, allowing Delsing to catch him on No. 16 with his third straight birdie. Delsing shared that lead for only a hole when he bogeyed No. 17.

Delsing has struggled this year, and his tournament was only his third cut in 16 events. He had a chance at a birdie and another share of the lead on No. 18 but his putt was just left of the hole.

"I dreamed about it," he said. "Even though it didn't go in, I loved it."

Green, who three-putted for bogey on No. 17, sank a birdie putt on the final hole to finish the round with four birdies and the bogey.

Elsewhere

Youngstown-Warren Classic: Michelle McGann rallied from two strokes down on the final hole of regulation and outlasted Katie Peterson-Parker in a three-hole playoff to win in Warren, Ohio.

McGann sank a 3-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole after Peterson-Parker missed a 5-foot birdie attempt.

Peterson-Parker, winless in five years on tour, birdied the 17th to take a two-shot lead. But she put herself in trouble on the 18th by sailing a chip shot 40 feet past the cup and settling for a bogey.

McGann converted a 2-foot birdie putt to force the fifth playoff in the tournament's six years.

McGann finished the round with a 2-under-par 70 while Peterson-Parker posted 71.

After the two birdied and parred the first two playoff holes, McGann set up her victory with a drive over the treetops on the right side of the fairway. She hit her second shot onto the green and two-putted for the win.

Nancy Lopez finished one stroke back in third with 206.

BMW Open: Frank Nobilo moved past third-round leader Jarmo Sandelin, finishing at 16-under-par 272 to win by two shots at Munich, Germany.

Bernhard Langer and Sandelin finished at 274. Sandelin, who started Sunday with a five-stroke lead, lost with a final-round 74.

Langer closed with 67, but it wasn't good enough, and the BMW Open remains the only major he has not won in his home country.

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