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Originally published Monday, July 28, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Senior British Open | Bruce Vaughan captures title

Bruce Vaughan won the Senior British Open on Sunday for his first career victory, sinking a 20-foot birdie putt to beat John Cook on the first playoff hole.

TROON, Scotland — Bruce Vaughan won the Senior British Open on Sunday for his first career victory, sinking a 20-foot birdie putt to beat John Cook on the first playoff hole.

Cook squandered a three-stroke lead after 10 holes at Royal Troon but went to the 72nd leading Vaughan by one. Cook sent his tee shot into the rough and played his third shot well short of the green. He decided to putt, but left it 15 feet short for a bogey to finish with an even-par 71 and a 6-under 278 total.

Vaughan made a par for a 70 that forced the Americans back to No. 18 to begin the playoff.

The 51-year-old Vaughan, a former firefighter from Hutchinson, Kan., pitched to the center of the green and made his 20-footer. Cook missed his putt from 12 feet. Vaughan, who has had six operations on his left knee, earned $315,600.

"Money is great, but until you win, you're just another player. It's all about winning," said Vaughan, whose mother, Maxine, died in a car crash in June after returning from watching him play a tournament in Iowa.

Cook's collapse recalled his loss in the 1992 British Open at Muirfield, where he missed a short putt and finished second to Nick Faldo.

But Cook defended his decision to putt from at least 10 yards short of the green at the last hole.

"I just felt the putter was a better play and I've been doing that all week," he said.

Reavie prevails

OAKVILLE, Ontario — The Small Unit was big in the Canadian Open.

Chez Reavie, proudly sporting an Arizona Diamondbacks logo on his light-blue shirt, won the event for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 1-under 70 for a three-stroke victory over Billy Mayfair.

At a generously listed 5 feet 9, the 26-year-old Reavie, a former Arizona State golfer, picked up the Small Unit moniker in a joking reference to Randy Johnson, the 6-foot-10 Diamondbacks pitcher known as the Big Unit. Johnson is a former Mariner.

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Reavie finished at 17-under 267. He earned $900,000 and spots the next two weeks in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship. Mayfair, also a former Arizona State player, shot a 68.

Fred Couples (68) of Seattle tied for 20th at 276. Washington Huskies golfer Nick Taylor (71) tied for 53rd at 283.

Alfredsson triumphs

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Helen Alfredsson of Sweden won her first LPGA Tour title in five years, defeating 20-year-old rookie Na Yeon Choi of South Korea in a playoff at the Evian Masters. Alfredsson, 43, made a 3-foot birdie in the third round of the playoff at the par-5 18th and Choi parred the hole. Alfredsson earned $487,500.

Alfredsson had a 67 in the final round, Choi shot a 66 and third-round leader Angela Park closed with a 71 as all finished at 15-under 273 for 72 holes.

Park, 19, was eliminated in the first round of the playoff at No. 18.

Jimin Kang (72), a graduate of King's High School in Shoreline, tied for 34th place.

Other tournaments

Mikael Lundberg of Sweden won his second Russian Open title, making birdies on two of the last three holes in Nakhabino for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Jose Manuel Lara (64) of Spain Lundberg finished at 21-under 267.

Bill Lunde (73) chipped in from 30 feet to birdie his final hole and earn a one-stroke victory over Dustin Bray (69) in the Nationwide Tour's Children's Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. Lunde was at 5-under 279 and earned $135,000.

The seven players tied for sixth place at 2 under included Michael Putnam (70) of University Place and ex-Washington Husky Alex Prugh (70) of Spokane.

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