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Zoeller Hangs on to Win Senior Slam

November 10, 2002

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SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. (AP) _ Fuzzy Zoeller regained the Senior Slam lead on the 15th hole and held on to win by one stroke on Sunday.

Zoeller edged Don Pooley to win $300,000 in the tournament which featured this year’s Senior major championship winners. Stewart Ginn finished three strokes back, and Jim Thorpe was seven back.

``When you play against the best, it brings the best out in everybody,″ said Zoeller, the Senior PGA Championship winner. ``This is a great feeling. This is a great way to end the year. You’ve got your four major winners. We’re all winners. Everybody out here won. It was a win-win for everybody. It’s just somebody has to finish first.″

Zoeller entered the second day of the two-day tournament three strokes ahead of Pooley and Ginn. By the turn, Ginn had caught Zoeller. Zoeller went back on top with a birdie at No. 10 but followed with a bogey on No. 11. Zoeller got the lead for good when Pooley drove the front trap on the 23-yard, par-3 15th and bogeyed.

``I wasn’t concerned about (Pooley),″ Zoeller said. ``My only concern was getting my ball on the green and getting birdies.″

Pooley blew a big opportunity on the 188-yard, par-3 17th when Zoeller drove the back trap. Pooley, though, followed Zoeller into the trap and both saved pars.

``I had some opportunities and I didn’t capitalize on them,″ said Pooley, who won the U.S. Senior Open. ``I had makable birdies on 12 and 13. I missed those and I bogeyed 15. Those three opportunities would have made a big difference.″

Thorpe, who won the Tradition on the same course, shot a 1-over-73 Sunday. Ginn, the Senior Players’ Championship winner, shot a 71.

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