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Campbell wins Hope Classic


Chad Campbell watches his drive on the third hole during the final round of the Bob Hope Classic in Palm Desert, California, on Sunday.


Chad Campbell shot a scrambling 71 on Sunday to outlast Scott Verplank and Jesper Parnevik and win the Bob Hope Classic.

Campbell's 1-under closing round put him at 25-under 335, three shots in front of Verplank and 2000 Hope champion Parnevik.

Verplank, one stroke off Campbell's lead to start the day, had a 73 and Parnevik made a charge with a 67 during a round when gusty wind made the new Classic Course at Northstar tricky at times.

John Huston finished fourth with a 68 and 339 total. Former Hope winners Phil Mickelson and Mike Weir tied for fifth with John Senden.

Mickelson, the tournament champion in 2002 and 2004, shot a 71 to finish at 19 under along with Weir (70) and Senden (73).

It was the sixth time Campbell had entered the closing day of a tour event either tied for the lead or alone at the top -- and only the second time he came out with a victory.

He had stumbled a week earlier in Hawaii after being tied for the lead with David Toms to begin the final round. Toms won it with a 65, while Campbell had a 70 to drop into a second-place tie with Rory Sabbatini.

Campbell's closing round in the Hope bore little resemblance to his steady play the first four days, when he shot 63-66-68-67 and had only two bogeys.

His final round included a double-bogey, two bogeys, three birdies, an eagle and several scrambling pars.

After coaxing in a 32-foot eagle putt on No. 9 to go to 26 under and open a four-shot lead, Campbell hit into rocks and high grass alongside the fairway on the par-4, 474-yard 10th.

After a drop, he hit to the fringe, then chipped 15 feet beyond the cup. He missed the putt for a 6, losing the two shots he picked up with his eagle a hole earlier.

After pars over the next two holes, Campbell "salvaged" a bogey on No. 13 after hitting his tee shot into the water and his next shot into a bunker. He recovered by hitting his sand wedge within 6 feet of the pin, then making the putt for a 5 on the par-4, 399-yard hole.

Verplank, meanwhile, was having troubles of his own and, after being tied with Campbell on No. 7, never caught him again.

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