Eaks grabs first Champions Tour win in a runaway at En-Joie

July 15, 2007
PGA TOUR staff

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) -- The long wait is over for R.W. Eaks.

Eaks, who never finished better than seventh in a PGA TOUR event and was winless in 90 events over six seasons on the Champions Tour, shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday to win the inaugural Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

Category Total Rank
Eagles 3 1
Birdies 15 T5
Pars 33 T42
Bogeys 2 T76
Double Bogeys 1 T23
Other 0 N/A
Driving Accuracy 66.7% T13
Driving Distance 305.7 yds. 5
Putts per Round 28.3 T18
Putts per GIR 1.609 3
Greens in Regulation 85.2% 1
Sand Saves 100.0% T1

Eaks, a self-taught golfer from Colorado who has five runner-up finishes the past two years, completed the three rounds over the narrow and tricky En-Joie Golf Club course at 17-under 199. He won $240,000 to push his earnings for the year past $1 million.

Not bad for a guy who was told after his only golf lesson to give up the game.

Tour rookie Bruce Vaughan, bidding to become the first open qualifier to win a tournament since Pete Oakley won the 2004 Senior British Open, provided the only real challenge. But Vaughan (68) never mounted a charge over the closing holes and finished second, three shots behind.

Lonnie Nielsen had a closing 67 to finish third at 10 under, one shot better than D.A. Weibring (66) and Andy Bean (68).

Scott Hoch (73), seeking his second win of the year, missed four birdie putts on the front nine, never found his touch on the backside and finished tied for sixth with John Harris (69) and Boonchu Ruangkit (69), nine shots behind.

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