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Murphy wins 9-hole playoff

Bob Murphy rolled in an 80-foot birdie putt on the ninth sudden-death playoff hole to defeat Jay Sigel and win $150,000 at the Toshiba Senior Classic on Sunday.

"I felt if I was going to miss it I wanted to miss it below the hole, but when it kept tracking towards the hole I said, "Son of a gun, this might go in,' " Murphy said.

The nine-hole playoff is a PGA Senior Tour playoff record, surpassing the eight-hole playoff won by Orville Moody against Bob Betley in the 1992 Showdown Classic in Utah.

"I wasn't weary at all," Murphy said. "The adrenaline was flowing. But in about an hour I'll really be tired."

Sigel had a chance to tie Murphy, but his 25-foot birdie putt fell off to the right of the hole.

"If I'd have just hit that putt a little harder I might have made that putt," Sigel said. "Murph made three key putts and any time you make three key putts in a playoff you should win."

The 54-year-old Murphy, a Brooklyn native, won his 11th senior tournament since he started on the senior tour in 1993.

"I had a real up-and-down day," Murphy said. "It was very hard to score out there today, as you can tell by the scores. It was a day for a tremendous amount of patience."

Sigel turned pro in 1993, shortly before reaching 50. Sigel was looking for his third senior tour victory after never having played as a pro on the regular PGA Tour.

"I was hitting the ball okay," Sigel said. "The conditions got tough and the wind became pretty tough."

Murphy and Sigel ended regulation at 6-under 217. Murphy had three birdies and Sigel had two birdies in the playoff.

WELCH'S-CIRCLE K CHAMPIONSHIP: Donna Andrews, aided by the rare collapse of Swedish star Annika Sorenstam, shot 4-under 68 in Tucson, Ariz., to win by one shot over late-charging Tina Barrett.

Andrews, who won in Tucson in 1994, finished at 15-under 273 _ one shot shy of Chris Johnson's 1984 tournament record.

It was the fifth career win for Andrews and the winner's purse of $75,000 represented more than she made in three of her previous eight years on the LPGA Tour.

Sorenstam, off to the LPGA's best start in 28 years with two wins and a second-place finish in three events, never recovered from a triple bogey on the ninth hole.

She shot 71 to share third with Dale Eggeling, who had a final-round 69.

Barrett also shot 69, with three birdies in the last five holes.

Anna Acker-Macosko, who had the day's best round _ a bogey-free 65 with five birdies on the back nine _ was alone in fourth at 276.

PORTUGUESE OPEN: Michael Jonzon shot 3-under 69 to win his first title on the PGA European Tour as Jose Maria Olazabal faded to a fourth-place tie in Lisbon.

Olazabal, making a comeback after an 18-month layoff with foot problems, closed with a disappointing 74 after shooting 65 to move into a tie for second, two shots behind Jonzon.

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