Japanese have played on Tour for 35 years, but Shigeki Maruyama
is the first to win on the mainland.
Allen Doyle, who honed his swing in his basement, should now
enjoy a cellar's market for tips.
Emilee Klein, the It Girl of 1996 after back-to-back victories,
ends a five-year wait for number 3.
Six men who are winless in 2001 rank ahead of U.S. and Scottish
Open champ Retief Goosen.
PGA Maruyama, 31, a nine-time winner on the Japanese tour, beat
Charles Howell III with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff
in the Greater Milwaukee Open at Brown Deer Park, one of three
municipal courses to hold a Tour event this year. Both players
shot 18-under 266 in regulation....Isao Aoki, the only other
golfer from Japan to win on Tour, took the '83 Hawaiian Open.
SENIOR Doyle's victory in the Ford Senior Players Championship in
Dearborn, Mich., was his sixth as a Senior and his second major.
He topped Doug Tewell with a par on the first hole of sudden
death at the TPC of Michigan....Hale Irwin's record-tying streak
of five straight years with a win in a major (Miller Barber did
it from 1981 through '85) ended with his third-place finish in
LPGA Klein led wire to wire in the Michelob Light Classic at Fox
Run Golf Club in Eureka, Mo., shooting an 11-under 205 to beat
Jill McGill and Annika Sorenstam by five strokes....Klein, 27,
is one of six players from the U.S. who are under 30 and have
won a tournament. The others are Brandie Burton, Dorothy
Delasin, Lisa Kiggens, Kelli Kuehne and Wendy Ward....LaRee
Sugg, one of five golfers to qualify for the Aug. 2-5 British
Open based on their finishes at the Michelob, will be the first
African-American to play in the 26-year-old event.
ALSO Goosen, 19th in the World Ranking, led all the way--same as
at the U.S. Open--at Loch Lomond Golf Club outside Glasgow,
beating Thomas Bjorn by three strokes....Chez Reavie, 19, of
Mesa, Ariz., defeated Danny Green, 44, in 38 holes in the final
of the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN BIEVER Badgerland banzai Shigeki Maruyama made history by succeeding where generations of Japanese golfers had failed.
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