Calcavecchia bests Slocum at Innisbrook

Associated Press • Mar 12, 2007 at 5:42 AM

PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Mark Calcavecchia might have to unpack his bags again, this time to make room for an unlikely trophy.

Calcavecchia, ready to leave Innisbrook after opening with a 75, survived a wild swing in emotions Sunday and won the PODS Championship when Heath Slocum missed a 4-foot par putt on the final hole.

Calcavecchia closed with a 1-under 70 and never lost the lead. He was up by two shots and stood over a 4-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole that he missed, then had to hang on for dear life.

Ahead by one shot, Calcavecchia's 8-iron came up short of the 18th green and he missed a 7-foot par putt. Slocum needed only to make par from 4 feet to force a playoff. The putt dipped in and out of the cup on the left side.

Calcavecchia won for the 13th time in his career and with $954,000 surpassed $20 million for his career. He finished at 10-under 274.

It was a big blow for Slocum, who rallied from a wretched start to close with a 71. Slocum and John Senden, who closed with a 66, shared second at 275.

MasterCard Classic

HUIXQUILUCAN, Mexico - Stacy Prammanasudh shot a 2-under 70 in the second round to pull within a stroke of leader Meaghan Francella in the MasterCard Classic, the rain-plagued LPGA Tour event set for a Monday finish.

Prammanasudh, coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Fields Open in Hawaii, played 16 holes Sunday in the rain-delayed second round.

Francella didn't play Sunday after shooting her second straight 68 on Saturday to top the leaderboard at 8 under on the Bosque Real course, the longest on the tour at 6,932 yards and also the highest at about 8,000 feet above sea level.

Play was delayed for 2 hours, 15 minutes during the afternoon, then suspended for the day because of lighting.

Toshiba Classic

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Jay Haas won the Toshiba Classic for his first Champions Tour victory of the year, closing with a 6-under 65 for a tournament-record 19-under 194 total and a two-stroke victory over R.W. Eaks.

Haas, the tour's player of the year in 2006 after winning four times, broke the record of 17-under 196 set by Hale Irwin in 2002 on the Newport Beach course.

The 53-year-old Haas earned $247,500 for his seventh career win in 40 starts on the Champions Tour. Coming into this weekend, he had four top-fives in six tournaments this season, including three second-place finishes.

Eaks also finished with a 65. Ben Crenshaw and Joe Ozaki shot 68s to tie for third at 13 under.

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