Tim Simpson withstood late charges by John Mahaffey and Davis Love III to win the Walt Disney World Classic by one stroke Saturday.
Simpson, the leader throughout the tournament, finished with a 71 for a total of 264, 24-under-par over the par-72, 7,190-yard Magnolia course. His previous rounds were 64, 64 and 65.Mahaffey closed with an 8-under 64 for second at 265 and Love shot a 67 for third at 266.
Mahaffey began the day eight strokes behind Simpson, but a string of eight birdies put him one stroke back after 17 holes. His birdie putt on No. 18 was inches short and to the left.
"Unfortunately, I misread the putt on 18 and the rest is history," Mahaffey said. "I felt I would have to shoot in the 50s to catch Tim."
Love started the round tied for second with Payne Stewart, six strokes back, and was pressuring Simpson until the 14th hole. He hit his second shot into the water in front of the green and took a bogey.
"He gave us a chance to beat him and we didn't do that," Love said.
Simpson, the defending Disney champion who hadn't won this year, earned $180,000 for his fourth victory in 13 years on the PGA Tour.
Meanwhile, in El Paso, Texas, Dave Powell, Olin Browne and Stephen Ames joined first-round leader Robert Friend at 4-under-par 136 to lead the field heading into the final round of the $100,000 Ben Hogan El Paso Open.
Fifty-four players survived the cut on the par-70, 6,495-yard Coronado Country Club course.
David DeLong and R.W. Eaks, co-leaders along with Friend after one round, each faltered. DeLong shot a 73, and Friend a 77 Saturday.
And in Napa, Calif., Lee Trevino fired a 5-under-par 67 to create a six-way tie for the lead after two rounds of the $500,000 Transamerica Senior Golf Championship.
Trevino, who shot a 73 Friday on the 6,632-yard Silverado Country Club south course, is at 4-under 140 after 36 holes.
Trevino, the Senior Tour's leading money winner, began the day six strokes behind first-round leader Jim Dent, whose second-round 73 left him at 140.
Also tied for the lead at 140 were Orville Moody (72-68), Rives McBee (71-69), Gary Player (70-70), and Lou Graham (71-69).
Don January, who carded an even-par 72 despite a triple bogey on No. 6, was one stroke back at 141. Harold Henning and Gay Brewer, who each shot 67s after opening-round 74s, also trailed by one.