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Roberts rallies to win Boeing title

By BILL KACZOR
Associated Press

DESTIN, Fla. – Loren Roberts won The Boeing Championship for his first Champions Tour victory of the year, closing with a 6-under 65 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory over Argentina’s Eduardo Romero.

Roberts finished with a 16-under 197 total on the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Raven Golf Club. He earned $247,500 for his sixth victory in three seasons on the 50-and-over tour. Romero finished with a 69.

“I hit some quality shots when I needed to and combined that with some really good patience that I haven’t had lately,” Roberts said.

He also brought his wife and two daughters, ages 20 and 15, with him for the first time this year. They made a vacation out of their visit to the Florida Panhandle.

“We had great quality time together,” Roberts said. “I probably was more relaxed.”

Bob Gilder (65) and Tom Purtzer (71) tied for third at 12 under, and Jay Haas (73) and Dana Quigley (66) followed at 11 under.

Roberts entered the tournament without a victory this year despite his tour-leading 69.12 scoring average.

Roberts began the day tied for fourth, three stokes behind second-round leader Haas, two back of Purtzer and one behind Romero.

Each of those four players held or shared the lead at least twice through the 11th hole, including a four-way tie after nine. Roberts went ahead for good, though, with a birdie on the 12th while Purtzer and Romero each had a bogey and Haas shot par.

Roberts, though, didn’t know that.

“I made a point not to look (at the leaderboard) until I walked off the 17th hole,” Roberts said. “I really didn’t want to know what was going on.”

When he did look after the 17th he was up by four strokes. A model of consistency to that point with seven birdies, Roberts then carded his only bogey on the 18th, but by then he knew no one could catch him.

By contrast, the three players who started the day ahead of him were up and down throughout the final round trying to deal with 15 mph winds.

Florida continued to frustrate Haas, the Champions Tour money leader and only two-time winner this year. He has played 102 PGA Tour events and six on the Champions Tour without a professional victory in the Sunshine State.

Romero also finished second last week in the Senior PGA Championship.

“My confidence is going up every week,” Romero said. “I think my week is coming very soon. … I can smell it.”

Final scores with relation to par and earnings from the Boeing Championship, played June 1-3 at the par-71, 6,904 Raven Golf Club in Destin, Fla.:

1. Loren Roberts $247,500
65-67-65–197

-16 2. Eduardo Romero 145,200
62-69-69–200

-13 3. Bob Gilder 108,900
68-68-65–201

-12 3. Tom Purtzer 108,900
62-68-71–201

-12 5. Dana Quigley 72,600
67-69-66–202

-11 5. Jay Haas 72,600
64-65-73–202

-11 7. David Eger 59,400
70-64-69–203

-10 8. James Mason 47,300
67-67-70–204

-9 8. Tom McKnight 47,300
69-66-69–204

-9 8. Denis Watson 47,300
65-67-72–204

-9 11. Massy Kuramoto 37,950
67-67-71–205

-8 11. Mark James 37,950
69-64-72–205

-8 13. Jim Thorpe 33,000
64-74-68–206

-7 14. Mark O'Meara 26,471
70-69-68–207

-6 14. Tom Wargo 26,471
65-73-69–207

-6 14. David Edwards 26,471
65-73-69–207

-6 14. Bobby Wadkins 26,471
69-69-69–207

-6 14. Bruce Vaughan 26,471
67-71-69–207

-6 14. Lonnie Nielsen 26,471
65-72-70–207

-6 14. Mark McNulty 26,471
68-66-73–207

-6 21. Gil Morgan 18,315
71-69-68–208

-5 21. Dave Eichelberger 18,315
69-70-69–208

-5 21. Hajime Meshiai 18,315
71-68-69–208

-5 21. Allen Doyle 18,315
68-67-73–208

-5 21. Bruce Fleisher 18,315
69-67-72–208

-5 26. Keith Fergus 15,015
69-68-72–209

-4 26. John Harris 15,015
65-71-73–209

-4 26. Brad Bryant 15,015
65-67-77–209

-4 29. Nick Price 11,951
67-80-63–210

-3 29. Bruce Summerhays 11,951
68-74-68–210

-3 29. Vicente Fernandez 11,951
75-67-68–210

-3 29. Mike McCullough 11,951
71-70-69–210

-3 29. Rod Spittle 11,951
69-70-71–210

-3 29. Mike Reid 11,951
71-68-71–210

-3 29. Ed Dougherty 11,951
68-69-73–210

-3 36. Jay Sigel 9,108
68-74-69–211

-2 36. Fuzzy Zoeller 9,108
70-70-71–211

-2 36. Morris Hatalsky 9,108
73-66-72–211

-2 36. Larry Nelson 9,108
65-71-75–211

-2 36. Wayne Levi 9,108
69-67-75–211

-2 41. Mike Goodes 7,425
68-77-67–212

-1 41. Jim Dent 7,425
70-72-70–212

-1 41. Mitch Adams 7,425
70-71-71–212

-1 41. Tom Kite 7,425
68-72-72–212

-1 41. Curtis Strange 7,425
67-71-74–212

-1 46. Craig Stadler 5,610
72-72-69–213

E 46. Tom Jenkins 5,610
72-70-71–213

E 46. Hubert Green 5,610
69-72-72–213

E 46. Scott Simpson 5,610
70-71-72–213

E 46. Andy Bean 5,610
65-73-75–213

E 46. Jerry Pate 5,610
70-67-76–213

E 52. Bob Charles 4,084
70-76-68–214
+ 1 52. Tim Simpson 4,084
69-73-72–214
+ 1 52. Walter Hall 4,084
70-69-75–214
+ 1 52. Danny Edwards 4,084
71-68-75–214
+ 1 56. John Jacobs 3,548
71-75-69–215
+ 2 56. Mark Johnson 3,548
69-70-76–215
+ 2 58. Des Smyth 2,970
70-76-70–216
+ 3 58. Hugh Baiocchi 2,970
70-75-71–216
+ 3 58. Isao Aoki 2,970
72-72-72–216
+ 3 58. Frank Shikle 2,970
73-70-73–216
+ 3 58. Steve Thomas 2,970
78-64-74–216
+ 3 63. Jack Renner 2,310
74-74-69–217
+ 4 63. Kenny Knox 2,310
73-72-72–217
+ 4 63. Dave Stockton 2,310
70-74-73–217
+ 4 66. Bob Murphy 1,749
76-70-72–218
+ 5 66. Bruce Lietzke 1,749
72-73-73–218
+ 5 66. Peter Jacobsen 1,749
70-70-78–218
+ 5 66. Scott Hoch 1,749
67-73-78–218
+ 5 70. John Mazza 1,353
75-73-71–219
+ 6 70. Jim Albus 1,353
73-76-70–219
+ 6 70. Bob Eastwood 1,353
69-75-75–219
+ 6 73. Gary Player 1,122
76-70-74–220
+ 7 73. Jim Colbert 1,122
69-68-83–220
+ 7 75. Gibby Gilbert 990
74-73-76–223
+ 10 75. Jim Ahern 990
73-72-78–223
+ 10 WD. R.W. Eaks

WD. J.C. Snead

DNS. Leonard Thompson

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