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Burton clears way for Pepper

Dottie Pepper did her part, hitting a superb approach shot on the last hole and finishing with a birdie.

Then Brandie Burton did her part, botching a 6-foot putt and closing with a bogey.

"I couldn't believe she missed it," Pepper said.

The result left Pepper _ fighting off a virus all tournament _ with a one-stroke victory Sunday at the LPGA Friendly's Classic, her third victory in five weeks on the tour.

Burton was leading until her putting touch vanished on No.

18, leaving her at 3-over-par 75.

"I needed help to win," Pepper said. "Fortunately, I got it from Brandie."

Burton's uphill putt missed by about an inch. "In golf, an inch is a lot," she said.

It was the difference between par and bogey, between $46,000 for second place and a chance at the $75,000 winner's check.

Pepper shot 69, with six birdies, for a 9-under 279 total. Burton, a four-time LPGA champion, was alone in second at 280. Mardi Lunn also finished with 75, at 281. Annika Sorenstam was seven strokes back in fourth place.

BURNET SENIOR CLASSIC: Vicente Fernandez became only the fifth qualifier to win a Senior PGA Tour event, shooting 4-under-par 68 for a one-stroke victory at Coon Rapids, Minn.

Fernandez, an Argentine who played the PGA European Tour for 20 years before joining the senior circuit when he turned 50 in May, earned $187,500. That was $3,088 more than he had made in his previous nine events.

Bruce Crampton also shot 68 to tie for second with J.C. Snead. Defending champion Ray Floyd finished two shots back in fourth place after charging from six strokes back with 65, the best score of the final round.

DEPOSIT GUARANTY GOLF CLASSIC Willie Wood shot 5-under-par 67 and earned his first PGA Tour victory at Madison, Miss.

He became the sixth first-time winner on the PGA Tour this year and the third consecutive first-time winner of the Deposit Guaranty Classic.

Kirk Triplett finished second, one stroke behind, and Scott Hoch closed with 65 to finish tied for third at 271 with third-round leader Greg Kraft.

Wood, who had won five major junior titles and nine collegiate events, had four consecutive rounds below par: 68-67-66-67. He also had uncanny accuracy, hitting 67 of 72 greens in regulation, and made only four bogeys in four trips around the 7,157-yard Annandale Golf Club.