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European Tour Article

As the World Golf Championship (WGC) Accenture Match Play was the official scheduled European Tour event last week, (that story can be found on the "PGA Tour Article" page), we are doing a brief write-up on the other PGA Tour event held last week.

Chrysler Classic of Tucson

Thirty year old, Heath Slocum, in his third year on the PGA Tour, notched up his first Tour win in Tucson, Arizona this weekend at the Chrysler Classic with a 22 under par total of 266. Slocum started the final round sharing the lead with Aaron Baddeley who came in one shot behind with a last round score of 66.

Heath Slocum qualified for the PGA Tour by winning three tournaments on the Nationwide Tour in 2001 and during his first two years in the upper ranks has had four top-10s, including two second places.

 


Conquistador, Heath Slocum.
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Aaron Baddeley.
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Neither Slocum nor Baddeley had previously won a PGA event and they were never further than one shot apart during the last 18 holes. With the lead being held by each of them at different times, the last round became more like matchplay and they came to the 18th all square. Slocum brought to bear the experience gained from being runner-up on two occasions when he had every chance to win and this time he held it together, putting his 15-foot birdie chance to within inches. Baddeley missed a 5-footer which would have forced a play-off and Slocum hugged his caddy in delight.

Rory Sabbatini put in the best score of the day, a 64, to finish with a share of third place, while defending champion, Frank Lickliter II's first round 63 remained the best round of the tournament.

 

 

As this article replaces the regular European Tour article, the final results scoreboard for the Chrysler Classic of Tucson can be found by selecting "European Tour Results" from the menu on the left.
 

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