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Daly, Davies Win JC Penney

John Daly or Laura Davies knew their chances were slim heading into Sunday's final round of the JC Penney Classic.

It did not matter.

The two golfers teamed up for a 7-under-par 64 Sunday in modified alternate-stroke play to come from five shots behind and force a playoff. Then they defeated Paul Azinger and Se Ri Pak on the third extra hole to claim the final title in the mixed-team event.

"The way Paul and Se Ri were playing, I thought they were going to run away with it," Daly said.

"I thought if we shot nine under, it'd probably just get us close," Davies added.

They were wrong.

After 23 years, the championship is being discontinued with a PGA Tour event replacing it next year, but Davis and Daly sent the tournament out in dramatic style.

The winners, who will share a $440,000 check, claimed the title when Davies rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17, the third playoff hole.

It was just a continuation of a putter-powered rally that overtook Azinger and Pak. Trailing by three shots with three holes to play, Daly dropped in a 35-foot birdie at 16, then moments later moved to within one shot when Azinger-Pak bogeyed the same hole.

Davies rolled in a 6-footer at 18 for birdie to move into a tie with Azinger and Pak at 24-under, then dropped an 8-footer for par on the second playoff hole to keep her team alive.

After Davies' 30-foot birdie on the third playoff hole, Pak's attempt to answer from 25 feet missed wide.

"I think that was the longest putt I've holed all year and it was my last one of the year," said Davies, who had spent much of this LPGA season complaining about her putting.

Said Daly: "If she ever says she can't putt again, I'm coming after her. Three of the last four holes, she was clutch."

For Azinger and Pak, the loss was a stunning surprise. The two had not made a bogey in their first three rounds of play, then had two on the way to a final-round 69.

In the history of the tournament, no team had ever begun the final round with a lead of three or more shots and failed to win.

"When you start the day with a four-shot lead, you want to win," Azinger said. "But we had two bogeys and that did us in."

"Give them credit. They put on a good charge. More power to them."

Mike Springer and Melissa McNamara shot a final-round 64, and Scott Gump/A> and Maria Hjorth had a 67 to tie for third, two shots back at 22 under.

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