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Chad Campbell claims three shot win

American Chad Campbell survived a few anxious moments before clinching his first PGA Tour title in almost two years on Sunday with a three-shot victory at the Bob Hope Classic.

One ahead at the start of the day, the 31-year-old twice found water on his way to a scrambling one-under-par 71, finishing on 25-under 335 at the Classic Club.

Compatriot Scott Verplank, Campbell's closest pursuer overnight in the 90-hole event, twice moved into a share of the lead over the front nine before falling back into joint second place with a 73.

Level with Verplank at 22 under was 2000 champion Jesper Parnevik of Sweden, who signed off with a 67.

"It wasn't the prettiest day out there for me but I grinded it out," a beaming Campbell told reporters after receiving the winner's cheque for $900,000.

"It was nice to come back after the way things worked out last Sunday, to come out today and get the job done," added the Texan, who fell back into a share of second at last week's Sony Open in Hawaii after starting the final round tied for the lead.

Verplank, chasing his first victory since the 2001 Canadian Open, could only rue yet another missed opportunity.

"If I played any good today, I would have had a tremendous chance," he said after mixing three birdies with four bogeys. "I just didn't play well.

"I want to win so bad, sometimes you just get uptight. I'm going to have to find a comfort zone. If I can do that, I think I will reach new heights."

American John Huston (68) finished fourth at 21 under, two ahead of world number five and twice champion Phil Mickelson. Left-hander Mickelson returned a 71 to tie for fifth with Canada's Mike Weir (70) and Australia's John Senden (73).

On a breezy day in the sun-drenched Coachella Valley, Campbell was caught for the first time at the opening hole when his playing partner Verplank holed a birdie putt from five feet.

Although Verplank slipped back with a bogey at the par-three second after being bunkered off the tee, he drew level again by sinking a four-footer for birdie at the par-five fourth.

Tournament leader since the end of the second round, Campbell appeared to put the title firmly within his grasp with a four-shot swing at the eighth and ninth holes.

A superb approach to 15 feet at the par-four eighth set up his first birdie of the day and he then eagled the 595-yard ninth after reaching the green in two and holing a monster putt from 32 feet.

With Verplank bogeying eight and parring nine, Campbell was four strokes clear at 26 under.

However, the script immediately changed when Campbell found water with his approach at the par-four 10th. He ran up a double-bogey six and was fortunate to escape with a bogey-five at the 13th before staging a rally to restore his two-shot cushion.

At the par-four 15th, Verplank bogeyed after missing the green short and to the right with his approach. Campbell, with a third PGA Tour career title in his sights, confidently rolled in a curling 10-footer to forge four ahead at 25 under.

Although Verplank birdied 16 to reduce the deficit to three, Campbell parred the last three holes to seal his first victory since the 2004 Bay Hill Invitational.

 

 




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