Keeping Score

Kevin Sutherland rallies to Champions Tour title

American birdies 2 of his final 3 holes while Mike Weir falters; Phil Mickelson fails in bid for record 3rd victory in row to start on tour

4: Number of shots by which American Kevin Sutherland bested Canadian Mike Weir over the final three holes en route to victory Sunday at the Champions Tour’s Cologuard Classic in Tucson, Ariz. Weir, holding a two-stroke lead with three holes to play, bogeyed the 16th and 18th holes at Omni Tucson National. Meanwhile, Sutherland, who was paired with the 2003 Masters champion, birdied Nos. 16 and 17 before making par at the 18th to seal a two-stroke victory. Sutherland shot 4-under 69 for a 15-under 204 total. Weir (73) finished at 13-under 206. Americans Steve Stricker (68) and Scott Parel (71) tied for third at 12-under 207. It was the fifth career triumph on the 50-and-older tour for Sutherland, 56, whose lone victory on the PGA Tour came at the 2002 Match Play. Phil Mickelson, seeking a record third consecutive victory to start his career on the senior tour, tied for 20th, 11 strokes back (scores).

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