Nothing turned out quite the way Billy Andrade imagined in the Canadian Open, except for the final result.
He thought the fairway wood he hit into No. 18 in the final round would carry the water, but it didn't. He thought he would need a birdie to win the playoff, but a par was enough.And all week long, he imagined himself kissing the trophy that was shown on promotional posters displayed across the Toronto area.
"But the trophy they gave me isn't like the one in the pictures," Andrade said Sunday after beating Bob Friend on the first playoff hole. "I kept thinking about winning and kissing the wrong trophy."
Even so, the victory ended a seven-year drought and could not have come at a better time.
Andrade and Friend, who finished at 13-under 275 at the Glen Abbey Golf Club, are both 34 and grew up playing junior golf together. But while Friend grinded away on the South African and Canadian circuits, Andrade found quick success on the PGA Tour.
In 1991, he became the first player in 12 years to win his first two PGA events in consecutive weeks. Everyone thought more would follow, but Andrade began to have doubts. He slipped to 103rd on the money list this year, and there was at outside chance he would have to go back to qualifying school.
LPGA SAFECO CLASSIC: Annika Sorenstam won her fourth tournament of the year and substantially widened her money lead over Se Ri Pak on Sunday, shooting a 4-under-par 68 for a five-stroke victory over Patty Sheehan and Laura Davies at the Safeco Classic in Kent, Wash.
The 27-year-old Swede, gearing up for this week's Solheim Cup, won $90,000, pushing her 1998 earnings to $896,188. Sorenstam, who also won the Michelob Light Classic, ShopRite LPGA Classic and JAL Big Apple Classic this year, had led Pak by a mere $6,000 entering the tournament.
Pak, the rookie from South Korea who has won four tournaments this year, shot a 75 Sunday and tied for 21st, winning just $5,624.
Sorenstam's 68 gave her a four-day total of 15-under 273. Shee-han, who led Sorenstam by a stroke entering the final round, hit only four fairways and shot a 74 for a 278, which slid the Hall of Famer into a tie with Davies.
SENIORS COMFORT CLASSIC: Hugh Baiocchi's 5-under-par 67 Sunday gave him a two-stroke victory over Bruce Summerhays in the Senior PGA Tour's Comfort Classic at the Brickyard Crossing in Indianapolis and a tournament-record 20-under 196 total.
Baiocchi, who didn't have a bogey over the 54 holes, led Sum-mer-hays, his playing partner, by four shots until Summerhays made birdies on 17 and 18 to close the gap.
Bud Allin and Isao Aoki shot final-round 68s and tied for third at 202.