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Fergon's 4-shot win ends 12-year drought

Vicki Fergon survived a mid-round crisis for her first LPGA Tour victory in 12 years, winning the Heartland Classic by four strokes Sunday.

Fergon shot her worst round of the week _ 2-over-par 74 _ but that was good enough because she entered the round with a six-stroke lead.

She recovered from a double-bogey 7 on No. 5 that cut the gap to two and fought off another challenge on the back nine, finishing with 12-under 276 on the Forest Hills course.

"I'm relieved, are you kidding me?" Fergon, 40, said.

Patti Liscio, whose 67 was the best round of the day, and Pat Hurst, who shot 70, tied for second. Each of the runners-up cut the gap to two at one point. Julie Inkster was six strokes behind after a final-round 70.

Fergon ran away from the field with a course-record 63 in the second round.

After tapping for pars on the first four holes, Fergon started to fall apart on the 460-yard, par-5 fifth when she landed in two bunkers and blasted past the green from the second bunker for double-bogey 7, and playing partner Hurst birdied the hole for a three-stroke swing.

On No. 8, Fergon got her first birdie of the day after hitting an approach shot within inches of the cup to build the lead back to three.

CHARITY CLASSIC: John Cook, capitalizing on a field depleted by the British Open, shot 2-under-par 69 at Sutton, Mass., to win by three, his second PGA Tour victory in a month. He totaled 16-under 268, with Russ Cochran the runner-up and posing no challenge down the stretch. Cochran, who entered the day four strokes back, was 5 under on the first four holes, but he shot 2 over on the back nine.

AMERITECH SENIORS: Walter Morgan held off back-nine challenges by David Graham and John Bland, shooting par 72 for a two-stroke victory at Long Grove, Ill.

Morgan completed the wire-to-wire victory with 11-under 205 on the Kemper Lakes course.

Australian David Graham, who had 71 to tie for fourth with Ray Floyd, said he is considering suing over his forced resignation a week ago as captain of the International team in the President's Cup.

Floyd earned $59,400 to push his combined PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour earnings to $10,057,705. Greg Norman is the only other player to top the $10-million mark with $10,363,740.

BRITISH SENIORS: Scotland's Brian Barnes shot 2-over 74 in windy and rainy conditions to win his second straight title at Portrush, Northern Ireland. Barnes, with 11-under 277, finished three strokes ahead of New Zealand's Bob Charles _ who also shot 74 _ and American David Oakley, who had 72.

COUNTY STROKE-PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP: Frank Saxon of Clearwater overcame a two-stroke deficit from Friday's opening round in New Port Richey to win his second straight title in the 36-hole match at Fox Hollow Golf Club.

Saxon, 47, who plays a 2 handicap, shot 70-75.

Tommy Roe of Clearwater, leader after the first round, shot 43 on the front nine Saturday and finished with 79 to tie Ray Goodman, also of Clearwater, at 147. Goodman posted seven birdies, including the last three holes.

Saxon started with birdies on Nos. 1 and 4.

"I just tried to play steady and keep it in play," he said. "My putter was good both days and my iron play was superb."

Spencer Gaylord of St. Petersburg captured the senior division (55 and over) with 71-78.

The net winners: Dan Harrington of St. Pete Beach in the regular championship at 136 and a three-way tie in the senior division among Paul Rusilko of Lilburn, George Suess of Seminole and Chuck Keller of Redington Shores with 139.

U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR: Shane McMenamy of Grand Forks, N.D., made a 22-foot birdie putt on the 19th hole to beat Charles Howell of Augusta, Ga., in the final at Flagstaff, Ariz.

_ Correspondent Dave Theall contributed to this report.