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Points Wins NE Pennsylvania Classic

June 21, 2004

MOOSIC, Pa. (AP) _ D.A. Points two-putted for par on the first playoff hole to beat James Driscoll on Sunday in the Nationwide Tour’s Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.

Points shot a 4-under 67 to get to 14-under 270 and then waited as Driscoll rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole to cap off a 66 and force the playoff.

Points held the second- and third-round lead at last week’s LaSalle Bank Open, but wound up second, one shot back of winner Brendan Jones.

Ryuji Imada (66) finished two shots back in third. Third-round leader Darron Stiles (71) wound up three back in fourth.

``This is fantastic,″ said Points, who moved to No. 7 on the money list with $81,000 for the win. ``This week, for whatever reason, I was just very comfortable. My putting stroke is probably the best it’s ever been in my life.″

In the playoff, Driscoll ran into trouble when his tee shot on the 385-yard 18th hole found a fairway bunker.

Driscoll, the 2000 U.S. Amateur Championship runner-up, had 95 yards over water to a pin cut close to the front edge. His second shot wound up just short, leaving Points in position to win his second career title with a par.

``When he hit the water, I knew I had to hit in the middle,″ said Points, who last won at the 2001 Inland Empire Open.

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