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Kaye is richest man on tour

Published Aug. 27, 2005

Jonathan Kaye had one of the lightest resumes among FBR Open contenders but got to hoist the heaviest hardware.

Kaye, who earned his first PGA Tour title last year after 194 starts, shot 4-under-par 67 Sunday and won by two strokes over Chris DiMarco.

This time, Kaye went 12 tournaments between wins. He finished 18-under 266 and earned $936,000 _ more than he had in all but three of his nine previous years on tour _ to take the top spot on the money list for the first time at $1,292,944.

"This one feels a little better than the first one," Kaye said.

He handled the pressure of playing alongside previous Phoenix winners Phil Mickelson and DiMarco, getting a firsthand view of his partners' struggles.

DiMarco bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes, and Mickelson bogeyed his last three, leaving Kaye smiling as he approached the 18th green.

He parred, rolling a 28-foot first putt within tap-in distance.

"I was still worried about Chris pouring that putt in and me potentially three-putting it," Kaye said. "I was pretty focused and trying not to get too far ahead of myself, but it was a good feeling _ goose bumps on top of goose bumps."

DiMarco, the 2002 winner and co-leader with Kaye by one after Saturday's round, finished with 69.

Steve Flesch and defending champion Vijay Singh shot 66 to tie for third.

It was Singh's 11th consecutive top-10 finish, the longest run since Greg Norman had six straight in 1993 and five more starting in 1994. Jack Nicklaus set the record with 14 in 1977.

Duffy Waldorf (65) and Masters champion Mike Weir (69) finished at 271, with first-round leader Scott Verplank (69) and Mickelson (72) at 272.

"It's dejecting when you have a chance to win and you don't, but I'd rather be in that situation," said Mickelson, who ended an 19-month drought by winning the Bob Hope Jan. 25. "Last year, I didn't have those chances."

EUROPEAN-AUSTRALASIAN PGA: Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Johnnie Walker Classic in Bangkok, Thailand. He closed with 4-under-par 68 to beat Thomas Bjorn and Jyoti Randhawa by two strokes. Jimenez birdied five holes on the front nine and had two birdies and three bogeys on the back to finish 17-under 271 for his eighth European title. "I played great all through the round," Jimenez said. "I hit the ball decently. Bjorn played very well today and made a lot of putts, while he was unlucky on the par 5s."

Bjorn, who led for three days, bogeyed the par-5 10th, 14th and 17th and closed with 71. Randhawa had the day's best round of 64, highlighted by eagles on the Nos. 7 and 16. He surged to second from 26th place. PGA Championship winner Shaun Micheel closed with 67 that left him in a group of six at 274.