Golf: Herron swoops to land Invitational

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FOR THREE days, all anyone wanted to know about Tim Herron was what he had for lunch and why they called him Lumpy. On Sunday, the American showed his game was worth talking about, too.

Herron won the Bay Hill Invitational with a birdie on the second play- off hole against Tom Lehman, giving the 29-year-old from Minnesota his third victory in four years on the PGA Tour.

Herron, who closed with an even-par 72 for 274, earned $450,000 (pounds 269,000). After he and Lehman made pars on the first play-off hole, the 18th, Herron played the 511-yard 16th hole to perfection - a booming drive down the fairway and a bold approach over the water to about 10 feet. Lehman hit into the bunker for the second time in less than an hour. He blasted through the fairway into the rough, hit over the green and made a 15-foot par putt from the fringe even before Herron lined up his eagle putt. "I can't hang my head. I feel like I played well," Lehman said. "It feels good to be nervous again. Last week at Honda, I finished last. This was a lot more fun."

Davis Love III can blame his putter for finishing one stroke out of the play-off on 275. One day after he made eight birdie putts, Love came up empty in his bid to win Arnold Palmer's tournament for the first time after three good chances. He missed four-foot birdie putts on three of the first four holes, missed an eight-footer at the 16th and then missed a 10-foot par putt at the 17th. Love had a 30-foot birdie on the last hole that slid by on the right.

Robert Damron, who grew up at Bay Hill, holed a 35-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a 67 that left him alone in fourth with 276.

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