You could see it in their eyes. Deere in headlights. When the three players arrived at the 1st playoff hole to decide the John Deere Classic the difference in their demeanor was palpable. Jay Williamson looked as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Brad Adamonis had a half hearted smile and a quickened step. Kenny Perry's shirt had been untucked for some time. Whether he knew it or not, it didn't matter. Adamonis pushed his tee shot right into heavy junk and trees. Williamson was down the middle, saving his choke for later. Perry's was 310 and straight. Hum drum. Adamonis threw on his red cape and tried to hit a 200 yard low, screaming cut through trees with water on the left. Plunk. Williamson was in fine shape when he decided to dead yank his iron. Splash. Perry routinely hit his green and two putted for his 3rd win in five starts. All the action and maneuvering in the final round to get to this point is old hat. The tournament was won and lost of the strength of nerves. Understandable from two players unaccustomed to being in position to win a P.G.A. Tour event. Adamonis' shot was just a horrible display of lack of golf savvy. Par is a good score on a 457 yd. par 4 with water left. Punch back to fairway, knock it on and take your chances with the putt. Williamson's was just a bad shot, pure and simple. Consolation for Jay is that he efforts earned him the "highest finisher" spot in this week's Open Championship. It'll be interesting to see if his long putter makes it all the way across the Atlantic. He'd been talking to it earlier. Congratulations Kenny. Ryder Cup spot locked up and 2nd to Tiger in Fedex Cup points. Great year.
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CREAMER PREVAILS IN JAMIE FARR OWENS CORNING CLASSIC.
A two over 73 was enough for Paula Creamer to hold off a red hot Nicole Castrale and record a wire-to-wire win in the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. It was her 3rd L.P.G.A. Tour win this year and exorcised some recent late round collapses. Castrale's back nine 31 had her hoping, but Creamer's cushion proved to be too much to overcome.