Bruno's Memorial Classic
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Nelson wins by a shot

Outsiders are starting to feel a little unwelcome at the Bruno's Memorial Classic.

Larry Nelson became the second consecutive Alabama native to win the Senior PGA Tour event when he made a 1-foot par putt on the 18th hole today to hang on for a one-stroke victory.

"This tournament has very special meaning for me because you never forget where you're from," Nelson said. "There had to be a couple thousand people following us today and I know most of them are relatives."

Nelson shot a 4-under-par 68 to finish with an 11-under 205 total, one shot ahead of Dana Quigley.

Gil Morgan bogeyed No. 18 and his final-round 68 left him at 207.

Hubert Green, a native of Birmingham who helped design the course, won last year.

Nelson's second win of the year was all but guaranteed after Quigley and Morgan missed chances to tie him on 18. Playing in three different groups, Quigley and Morgan both went to the final hole at 10 under, a stroke behind Nelson.

Quigley got to the par-5 final hole first and had a chance to tie Nelson, but missed a birdie putt and finished with a 66.

"I didn't have any mistakes today and I played really great golf," Quigley said. "I thought all along that 10 would be good to get to, but Larry apparently had other ideas."

Morgan's group was next and he was all but eliminated when his fourth shot landed on the upper fringe. He then missed a 25-foot putt and the ball rolled past by at least 10 feet. His attempt at par was a foot short.

"I really didn't have a good chance to hit it off the fringe and ended up hitting it harder than I needed to," Morgan said. "I felt like I had a chance out there, I just didn't play the back side real well."

Nelson, who started the day tied with Joe Inman for the lead at 7-under, birdied No. 1 and 2 and was at 9-under after the front nine. But he bogeyed No. 10 to let Morgan and Quigley back into contention.

"I got off to a very fast start, birdied the first two and thought `This is going to be easy,"' Nelson said. "Then everyone started to birdie and I bogeyed 10 to make it close."

He recovered with birdies on Nos. 11, 13 and 15 and held a one-stroke lead over the final three holes.

Inman shot a 71 to finish at 208, three shots off the lead. It was good enough for fourth place, his highest finish of the year.

"I just gave it away," Inman said. "I played beautifully all weekend and just didn't take advantage of the par-5s today. I was trying to be aggressive."

Inman had two bogeys and two pars on the four par-5 holes.

Bob Charles, who played in the final group with Inman and Nelson, shot a 75 Sunday and was eight strokes back.

Divots: Bruno's Inc. signed on for at least two more years as chief sponsor of the tournament. The Birmingham-based grocery store chain has sponsored the classic since its inception eight years ago, despite filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in February 1998. Sunday's attendance was estimated at more than 42,000, which would be a single-day record. ... George Archer, who won the inaugural Bruno's in 1992, made eight birdies through 17 holes Sunday and was on pace to tie the course record of 63 with a birdie on No. 18. But Archer sent his second shot into the water and ended up bogeying the par-5. "I got a little conservative on the last hole," he said. "I was already playing the third shot before I hit the second shot and I flubbed it right into the pond." Archer finished at 3-under 213. ... Green shot a 72 Sunday to finish at even par 216 despite a sore back. He said he would have his back examined on Monday.


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