Scherrer Captures First PGA Title

Published June 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Tom Scherrer fired a four-under par 67 in Potomac, Sunday to capture the PGA Kemper Open by two strokes, becoming the ninth player to win his first tour title at this event. 

The 29-year-old American finished at 13-under par 271 to claim the $540,000 top prize at the three million-dollar event, almost as much as he had won in three prior PGA seasons. 

"One of the guys gave me this solid gold ball mark," Scherrer told the AP. "He said, 'If you use this ball mark, you'll win the tournament.' I'm going to have that ball mark for a long time."  

Scherrer birdied the 10th, 11th and 14th holes and sank a crucial 10-foot par putt on the 15th to break from a pack of contenders on the back nine, five of whom settled for a share of second at 273. 

Steve Lowery, who led after each of the first three rounds, threw away his chances with bogeys at the 15th and 17th holes, the latter after finding a water hazard on his approach, and a short birdie miss on the final hole. 

Aussie Stewart Appleby, the 1998 winner, made a run within one stroke of the lead with birdies on the 13th and 14th, but finished with three pars and a bogey to fall back to share seventh at 275. 

American Michael Clark birdied the final hole to equal the course record with an eight-under par 63 to finish at 279 - (Several Sources)

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