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Browne's victory is one to relish

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - After a stoic week, Olin Browne finally let loose. Browne showed little emotion until rolling in a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to clinch a three-shot victory over Mark O'Meara in the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday. After Browne's last putt dropped and a large gallery around the final green at Inverness Club roared its approval, he raised his arms in triumph. It was the biggest win of the journeyman's 27 years as a pro. Browne's closing even-par 71 followed rounds of 64, 69 and 65 and left him at 15-under 269.
Making few mistakes, he parred the first seven holes. After a bogey dropped him into a tie with O'Meara (72), he played the last 10 holes in 1 under, while O'Meara made two costly bogeys. Mark Calcavecchia shot a 69 and was alone in third at 273. Ageless Hale Irwin had a 68 was another shot back along with Joey Sindelar (70). Rookie records first PGA Tour triumph PGA Tour rookie Scott Stallings won the Greenbrier Classic, sinking a birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Bob Estes and Bill Haas. After watching Estes and Haas miss their birdie attempts on the 168-yard 18th hole, Stallings curled in a 7-footer for his first tour victory. He flipped his putter, then hugged and high-fived his caddie. Stallings made six birdies on the back nine to make the playoff, where he earned a winner's check of $1.08 million and a spot in this week's Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Estes shot 6-under 64 and was the clubhouse leader at 10 under, then watched as Haas birdied the par-5 17th six groups later to join him after a 67. Stallings, who shot 69, bogeyed the par-5 17th after his drive went out of bounds and he needed a birdie at No. 18 to make the playoff. He sank a 5-footer to do it. PGA EUROPEAN: Simon Dyson outdueled Richard Green on the final hole to claim a tense one-shot victory at the Irish Open. Dyson was trailing by a shot when he birdied the 17th to pull into a tie. He shot a 4-under 67 and finished at 15-under 269. Green handed him the victory on the 18th when he followed a poor approach with a three-putt bogey, only his second of the day, to shoot a 68.
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