Mediate's dramatic finale seals Buick win

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Rocco Mediate captured the PGA Buick Classic title by one stroke from Chris Perry in Michigan after a dramatic turn of events on the final hole yesterday.

Rocco Mediate captured the PGA Buick Classic title by one stroke from Chris Perry in Michigan after a dramatic turn of events on the final hole yesterday.

Mediate, who never led outright until the final stroke of the tournament, scored a birdie at the final hole to record a six-under-par 66 in his final round to finish at 20-under with a total of 268.

After Mediate sunk his 12-foot putt, his fellow American Chris Perry pushed his eight-foot par putt left of the hole to finish with a bogey and lose the title by the narrowest of margins.

Hal Sutton was three strokes back in third, with Phil Mickelson and Woody Austin sharing fourth at 273 - one stroke ahead of five others.

The American Meg Mallon shot a final round three-under-par 69 to win the du Maurier Classic at Royal Ottawa yesterday - but the final Major of the season turned out to be desperately disappointing for the Britons.

Mhairi McKay was the best of the British players in joint-13th place on four over par at 292 - but she would have been 11th and around £1,200 richer if she had not been given a two-shot penalty for slow play at the 6th hole that turned a 72 into a 74.

England's Trish Johnson, fifth overnight, slumped to a final-round 79 and out of the top 10, while Laura Davies finished last of the qualifiers on a 23-over-par 311.

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