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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, April 28, 2013 4:02 pm

Sluman and Faxon win Legends of Golf team event

The Associated Press

After finishing second twice, Jeff Sluman finally won the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf with a new teammate.

Sluman, a two-time runner-up with Craig Stadler at the Champions Tour's team event, partnered with Brad Faxon for a one-stroke victory Sunday at the Club at Savannah Harbor. The duo had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the middle of their round to get to 23-under and made par on their final four holes to hold on for the win with a 193 total.

Gene Sauers, playing in his hometown, teamed with Kenny Perry to finish tied for second with Fred Funk and Mike Goodes at 22-under. Stadler and Kirk Triplett were among eight teams to finish another shot back in a tie for fourth.

The tournament's 36-hole leaders, Jay Don Blake and Roger Chapman, shot a 1-under 71 in their final round to finish in a tie for 16th, five shots back.

Sluman and Faxon, who led after a 62 on the first day, shook off a sloppy second round to rally on Sunday. Their 66 Saturday was marked by their only bogey of the week at No. 17 and a long, par-saving putt on No. 18.

They gathered themselves over a nearly century-old bottle of dessert wine Saturday night and regained their Friday form. With the wind swirling around the Savannah Harbor course, located on an island in the middle of the Savannah River, the duo took advantage of their birdie opportunities.

Their 7-under 65 equaled the best round among those who started Sunday within three shots of the leaders.

Sauers and Perry fired the day's best round. Starting the day five strokes off the lead, they teamed for a 62. Sauers, who learned the game at a course a few miles from the Club at Savannah Harbor, made eight birdies and Perry contributed an eagle on the short, par-4 14th.

Funk and Goodes mounted a charge early in their round but couldn't sustain it. Starting on No. 10, they birdied five of their first eight holes, and added a birdie and an eagle on their 10th and 11th holes only to cool off from there. They played their last seven holes at 1-under.

Bernhard Langer maintained his lead in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points standings. His tie for 14th gives him a 252-point lead through seven events.