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Lampard's late birdies give him Coors Light win

September 08, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

Hagerstown's Ken Lampard fired a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday, but felt his even-par 72 in the rain Saturday was the round that helped catapult him to winning the second annual Coors Light Open at Black Rock Golf Course.

His 2-under 142 total was two shots better than defending champion Alex Hoffman and three better than Randy Barnes.

Lampard was deadlocked for the lead with Hoffman, Barnes and Roy Lorshbaugh after Saturday's first round.

"(Saturday's) round was big, shooting par," said Lampard. "It was a tough day but left you in good shape for Sunday."

Lampard, a Beaver Creek Country Club member, threatened to zoom past the field early Sunday with three birdies in his first four holes, but a double bogey-bogey sequence that followed kept him in touch with the field.

With Hoffman in the clubhouse with a second straight 72 for a 144 total and Lampard at even par on the course, the scoreboard began to take shape on the par-5 16th hole, measuring 487 yards.

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Lampard took the lead when he knocked a chip within eight feet of the cup and sunk the straight-in putt for birdie.

After a near-birdie miss on 17, Lampard put the clincher down on the par-4 18th despite a drive than left him near a tree but with a slight opening from 130 yards. With an 8-iron, he hit a low cut and the ball ended 10 feet above the pin, where he capped off his round with a birdie putt.

"After the double bogey and bogey I just needed to stay patient," said Lampard, who won his first individual tournament of the season. "I hit the ball well off the tee and had good approach shots. ... The course was in such great shape today after the rain Saturday."

Hoffman had a front-nine 33, but a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 13th led him to a back-nine 39.

"I hit the ball straight and my putting was pretty good," said Hoffman, who claimed the title last year at 1-under 141.

Darren Weaver and Brad Harbaugh were tied at 159 in the first flight, with Weaver winning in a playoff. Mike McCusker won the second flight with a two-day 166.

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