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Ames Wins Windy Tournament in England

May 19, 1996

THAME, England (AP) _ Stephen Ames of Trinidad and Tobago battled strong winds Sunday to win the Benson and Hedges International on a day when 34 players shot 80 or more.

Ames sank a 15-foot par putt on the 18th to win after England’s Jon Robson had bogeyed the hole. Robson finished one stroke back and Derrick Cooper of England was two back.

Ames shot a final-round 72, the best score of the day, for a 283 total. He earned $176,200 for his second win on the European tour.

``I got myself in a position to win and then I did it on the final hole with that putt,″ Ames said. ``At the start of the day I was kind of disappointed the PGA decided to play under such bad conditions... I feel different now.″

The weather was rainy and windy the first three days, but Sunday was even worse on the demanding 7,205-yard Oxfordshire course. Gusts up to 40 mph disrupted a field that included the 12 members of Europe’s 1995 Ryder Cup team and most of the European tour’s best players.

South Africa’s Jeff Hawkes took an 11 on the par-3, 208-yard fifth hole Sunday. Third-round leader Colin Montgomerie soared to an 84, Masters champion Nick Faldo had an 80 and Ian Woosnam _ three strokes behind Montgomerie to start the round _ had an 82 to finish way back in the pack.

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