Dougherty Records First Senior Win
COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) _ Ed Dougherty shot a 6-under-par 66 Sunday and won his first Senior Tour title, the Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic, by two strokes.
Dougherty entered the tournament ranked 33rd on the senior money list and hadn’t finished in the top six this year. In his 23-year PGA Tour career, he had won only once, capturing the Deposit Guaranty in 1995.
Dougherty earned $240,000 _ his largest professional paycheck _ by holding off Hale Irwin and Gil Morgan by two strokes. His 19-under-par 197 broke Irwin’s tournament record 17-under set in 1997.
He had no bogeys, 12 birdies and an eagle in his final 40 holes.
``This ranks right up there with my biggest thrills,″ Dougherty said. ``I won the 1985 National Club Pro Championship and won the 1995 Deposit Guaranty on the PGA Tour. I was worried I’d have to wait until 2005 to win on the Senior Tour.″
Dougherty started Sunday with a one-stroke lead. He holed a 65-yard wedge shot for eagle on the par-5 No. 2 to begin his winning round.