It’s Never Too Late for Jacobs

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From Associated Press

John Jacobs shot a two-under-par 68 in the final round of the Senior PGA Championship for a two-stroke victory over Bobby Wadkins on Sunday at Newtown Square, Pa.

Jacobs, 58, birdied the 15th and 16th holes to pull away from Wadkins and win the first major championship of the Champions Tour season.

Bruce Lietzke and defending champion Fuzzy Zoeller tied for third, three shots behind the oldest player to win the Senior PGA since 61-year-old Pete Cooper won in 1976.


Jacobs, who finished at four-under 276 , took control when he sank a long birdie putt on the par-four 15th to move to three under.

He then two-putted for a birdie on the par-five 16th to open a two-stroke lead over Wadkins, who three-putted for par on the 16th moments earlier.

Jacobs started the fourth round tied with Wadkins, two strokes behind third-round leader Des Smyth.

Smyth shot a course-record 65 in a third round that resumed Sunday after rain interrupted play Saturday, but had a 74 in the final round to finish in a tie for fifth with Doug Tewell at even-par 280.


Rory Sabbatini put on a fine finish without the usual Sunday paycheck, shooting a 68 to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the rain-delayed FBR Capital Open at Potomac, Md.

Sabbatini was 11-under par with a 202 total, but he’ll have to come back today to try for his second career PGA Tour victory.


The final two rounds of the tournament were moved back a day after steady downpours postponed play Saturday.

Niclas Fasth shot a 67 to move into second place with a 203 total.