May 28, 2006

Maggert ends drought at St. Jude Classic

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - American Jeff Maggert ended a
seven-year title drought with a three-shot victory at the St.
Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee on Sunday.

Boosted by a 36-foot eagle putt at the 16th, Maggert fired
a five-under-par 65 to finish on nine-under 271 at the TPC at

Three off the pace overnight, the 42-year-old picked up
shots at two of the first three holes and put his third PGA
Tour victory beyond doubt by rolling in a 33-footer to birdie
the par-four 17th.

Maggert's previous victory on the PGA Tour came at the 1999
WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Compatriot Tom Pernice junior, co-leader overnight, secured
second place with a closing 71 with 1996 champion John Cook
(71) a further two strokes back in a share of third alongside
fellow American Kris Cox (72).

Tim Herron, winner of last week's Colonial tournament and
the other pacesetter at the start of the day, battled in firm,
fast-running conditions. He ran up two double-bogeys on his way
to a 77 and a tie for 16th at level par.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles)