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Bobby Wadkins holds on to claim narrow victory

Bobby Wadkins had seen it happen before. Someone coming out of nowhere to beat him out of a Champions Tour winner's check.

And it looked as if Raymond Floyd might just do that Sunday after making up seven strokes with a blistering 8-under 63.

"I don't know what Raymond was doing on Mother's Day over there shooting a 63," Wadkins said after his one-stroke win Sunday in Boeing Championship.

"I didn't need Raymond trying to be the oldest guy to win a tournament. He can do that when I take a week off."

Wadkins' 7-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole turned out to be the winner.

"I knew exactly what had to be done," Wadkins said. "I didn't want to come to 18 needing to make par and then there would be a playoff."

Wadkins, who led at the end of each of the first two rounds in the 54-hole event, finished with a 1-under-70 Sunday and a 10-under 203 for his first Champions Tour victory in five years.

"I'm glad it's over," said Wadkins, who had gone 125 tournaments without a victory since winning the 2001 Long Island Classic just 10 days after his 50th birthday. "It's been a long time. I finally closed the deal."

Floyd's 63 was one stroke shy of his best round ever in his 43-year career on the PGA Tour and 50-and-over circuit.

"It's the first time that I've ever shot my age and that's very special," Floyd said. "And to do it in a golf tournament and in the final round. No one's more surprised than me."

Floyd, who reached 10 under before his lone bogey of the day, finished more than an hour ahead of Wadkins and could only try and stay loose in case of a playoff on The d Raven Golf Club course

"I can't remember playing a round of golf where I really never missed a golf shot," Floyd said. "That's something I don't remember doing."

Less than four months shy of his 64th birthday, Floyd would have become the tour's oldest winner if he had won.

Floyd built a two-stroke lead at one point with five straight birdies on the back nine, but bogeyed the 16th while Wadkins birdied No. 10 to leave them tied. Wadkins pulled ahead to stay with his 7-foot birdie putt on No. 17.

Wadkins, who earned $240,000, began the round with a three-stroke lead. The 54-year-old Virginian shot a course-record 62 Friday and had an even-par 71 on Saturday.

Loren Roberts, a three-time winner this year, closed with a 69 to tie for third with Scott Simpson (67), Craig Stadler (70) and Tom Watson (67) at 7 under.

Defending champion Jim Thorpe, who won last year at another Panhandle course, finished 11 shots back at 1-over 214.

John Harris, who began the day three shots behind Wadkins, slumped to a 7-over-78 Sunday and finished 11 shots back.

Tim Simpson, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour who never won a tour event after being diagnosed with Lyme disease in 1991, finished at 8-over 221 in his Champions Tour debut.


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