During a horrendous five-month slump, Tom Sieckmann considered stuffing his golf clubs in a closet and changing professions.
Sieckmann had won such events as the Thailand Open and Brazilian Open, but had never finished any better than third in a PGA Tour event and missed the cut in 12 consecutive tournaments from February until last week's Western Open.
On Sunday, everything fell together for the 6-foot-5 former University of Nebraska basketball player at hot and hazy Kingsmill Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va. He sank a two-foot putt for par on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff against Mark Wiebe to win the $650,000 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic and claim his first PGA Tour triumph.
Sieckmann, one of the tour's longest hitters, was ranked dead last on tour in putting before some adjusting and fine tuning turned around that part of his game.
"I was literally thinking about about quitting the game because I wasn't hitting any putts," he said.
Sieckmann forced a playoff with Wiebe with a 10-foot putt for birdie on the par-17th in regulation, then made par on the same hole in the playoff to claim the $117,000 first place check _ his biggest career payday.
Gene Sauers fired a 5-under 66 and Kenny Knox had an even-par 71 to finished tied for third at 12-under 272. Defending champion Mark McCumber's 67 drew him even with Jeff Sluman at 11-under 273 for a fifth place tie. Fuzzy Zoeller, the 1986 Anhesuer-Busch winner and 1984 U.S. Open champion, was among four golfers at 274.
--- At Kenmore, Wash., Bruce Crampton won his 30th tournament as a touring professional golfer by beating Don Bies and Bruce Devlin by a stroke Sunday in the $300,000 GTE Northwest Classic. He closed with a 70 for a 207 total, 9 under par for 54 holes on the Inglewood Country Club course.
The victory left the 52-year-old from Dallas with 15 victories on the Senior PGA Tour in less than three years, along with his 15 victories on the PGA Tour over 20 years.
Chi Chi Rodriguez, the defending GTE Northwest champion, and Harold Henning finished at 209, both with final-round 70s. Larry Mowry, the first-round leader, was alone at 210 after a 72.
--- At Indianapolis, Terry-Jo Myers overcame a rainstorm, two LPGA veterans and her own nerves to win the $400,000 Mayflower Classic and earn her first tour triumph.
Myers sank a 13-foot par putt on the final hole Sunday, completing a par 71 final round to finish at 8-under par 276 for the tournament. Ayako Okamoto and Amy Alcott each missed par putts on the final hole and finished tied for second, one shot behind Myers.