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Roberts wins Charity Classic with record performance

September 15, 1997

SUTTON, Mass. (AP) _ Loren Roberts had just won the CVS Charity Classic with a tournament-record 18-under-par 266 Sunday when he saw that Bobby McWaters, a contest winner putting for a $12,500 prize, needed a little help.

``I lined it up for him,″ said Roberts, who shot a 64 to beat Bill Glasson by one stroke. ``I told him, `You want a putt with just a little bend to it.′ ″

Roberts claimed his $216,000 check for his first victory of the year and the fifth of his career, then McWaters made the 10-footer to collect a nice check of his own. He had ``The Boss of the Moss″ to thank for it.

``I’m not going to beat anybody off the tee. I’m going to have to beat them off the green,″ said Roberts, who earned the nickname for his putting prowess. ``That’s the best part of my game. That’s what I’m going to play to.″

Roberts, whose total was one stroke better than George Burns’ 1985 score, finished tied for second in the Greater Milwaukee Open in his last outing, watching from the clubhouse as Scott Hoch chipped in for a winning eagle on No. 18.

``I figured I would need to make birdie on No. 18 to put him (Glasson) out of the race this time,″ Roberts said. ``What happened two weeks ago was going through my mind.″

Roberts made a par on No. 18 to give Glasson a chance, but Glasson parred the par-3 17th and his birdie 4 on No. 18 wasn’t enough.

``The difference was I had a two-shot lead this time,″ Roberts said. ``So I figured the worst thing that’s going to happen is a playoff.″

Glasson, the third-round leader, shot a 68 Sunday, three-putting on No. 14 to relinquish the lead. Peter Jacobsen, who was tied with Glasson for the lead after two rounds, birdied No. 18 to cap a 65 and was third at 268.

``When you’ve got a great putter like Loren and someone who’s not so great like me,″ Glasson said, ``you’ll always bet on the great putter.″

The tournament at the par-71, 7,110-yard Pleasant Valley Country Club had three different sponsors in the previous three years, with 12 different names since its inception in 1965. After moving the date back this summer, it drew its best field in years, despite the absence of Tiger Woods.

Four members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team used it as a tuneup before heading to Spain in two weeks. Justin Leonard led the group at 7-under thanks to a final-round 65 and Jim Furyk finished at 4-under. Brad Faxon and Jeff Maggert missed the cut.

Defending champion John Cook finished at 3-under and never really threatened. Crowd favorite John Daly, who made the cut only because of an 18th-hole eagle in the second round, finished at 2-under.

Glasson birdied three of the first four holes Sunday to move to 16-under, but held there until a birdie at No. 13. He bogeyed the 14th to drop back to 16-under and birdied No. 18 to grab second.

Jacobsen shot a 70 on Saturday to drop three strokes back. He had six birdies to move to 16-under through 16 holes Sunday, but bogeyed the par-4 17th. His birdie on No. 18 left him at 16-under _ the score that’s won the tournament for six consecutive years.

``I thought if I shot a 16-under that might be good enough,″ Jacobsen said.

John Adams, who has never won a tournament on the tour, started the day one stroke behind Glasson but had two bogeys in the round and never threatened, finishing with a 71, six strokes behind Roberts.