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Flesch gets quite a birthday present

Steve Flesch, the only golfer with four straight rounds in the 60s, wasn't hurt by a late bogey and won the Colonial by a stroke over Chad Campbell yesterday in Fort Worth.

A closing 3-under-par 67 came on Flesch's 37th birthday, and his winning total was 11-under 269.

It was just the second PGA Tour win for Flesch, and the victory came a week after he withdrew from the Byron Nelson Championship because his back was sore and he was mentally fatigued.

Flesch felt much better wearing the winner's plaid jacket at Hogan's Alley.

"I hit it so well, it would have been a shame not to win," the lefthander said. "I'm thrilled to death. This is a ballstriker's course. It's not a power course. If I had a chance, it was here."

Stephen Ames had the best round of the day, a 64 that put him in third place at 271. It was his fourth straight top-10 finish and fifth in six events.

Craig Perks (68) was fourth, his best finish since his only win at the 2002 Players Championship.

LPGA -- Sherri Steinhauer, a 19-year LPGA Tour veteran, shot a 2-under 69 (12-under 272) to win the Sybase Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y., by two strokes. It was her sixth victory and the first since 1999, when she won this tournament and the British Open. Grace Park, who took over the money lead from Annika Sorenstam, was second after a 68, while Becky Morgan, who had a four-shot lead after 36 holes, had a 1-over 72 and was at 275. Morgan was 13 under and had a three-shot lead through six holes but didn't have another birdie.

Kelli Kuehne had a final-round 68 and was at 7-under 277, two strokes in front of Young Kim (70), and Stacy Prammanasudh, who closed with a 68 that included a two-stroke penalty for slow play.

Champions -- D.A. Weibring capped a solid three days of golf by shooting an even-par 71 in blustery conditions to win the Allianz Championship by three strokes in West Des Moines. Weibring finished at 9-under 204, his fifth top-10 finish in his last six tournaments.

Tom Jenkins closed with a 70 to finish at 6 under. Tom Watson was next at 5 under after an up-and-down 71 -- an eagle, three birdies, and five bogeys. Tom Kite had a 72 to finish 4 under.

Nationwide -- Daniel Chopra set a Tour record of 30 under par in winning the Henrico County Open in Glen Allen, Va. The previous record of 26 under was set by Chris Smith at the 1997 Omaha Classic. Chopra posted a final-round 65 (to go with previous rounds of 65-63-65) to win by four strokes over Nathan Green and Franklin Langham, who tied Smith's mark with a 26-under total.

Former University of Virginia All-American James Driscoll of Chestnut Hill (63) and Ryuji Imada (65) shared fourth place, five shots back.

European -- Trevor Immelman birdied the final hole and beat defending champion Padraig Harrington by a stroke to win the Deutsche Bank Open in St. Leon-Rot, Germany. Immelman closed with a 7-under 65 to finish at 17-under 271 for his biggest victory. Harrington finished with a 66. Darren Clarke and Joakim Haeggman were at 276 after 69s.

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