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Austin rocks Memphis with final-round 62

Woody Austin
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Austin eagled the par-5 3rd hole.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Woody Austin knows only too well that no one has followed up a PGA Tour victory by winning the U.S. Open the next week, and he won't be a favorite at Oakmont Country Club.

He doesn't care.

The 43-year-old is going to the major tournament he thinks fits his game best coming off the best final round on tour this year, a stunning 8-under 62 that rallied him from a four-stroke deficit to a five-stroke victory Sunday at the Stanford St. Jude Championship and his third career win.

"Obviously, the odds are still really good it's not going to happen,'' Austin said.

"But I know personally ... that's always been my one tournament I felt like I could always play, and the fact that I'm now getting close to where I feel like my game is coming around, that's just going to give me that much more confidence.''

This event featured six of the world's top 12 golfers, Adam Scott trying to become the tour's first wire-to-wire winner this year, and John Daly's messy personal life overshadowing the golf when he accused his wife of waking him up by attacking him with a steak knife Friday morning.

Daly, playing on a sponsor's exemption, went from tied for eighth after 18 to 79th out of 80 players.

Austin turned the attention back to golf with the best final round in the 50-year history of this tournament and the tour's lowest closing round since Brad Faxon's 61 at the 2006 Buick Championship.

He went bogey-free over the final 49 holes and carded an eagle and six birdies Sunday for a 13-under 267 total on a course where his best finish had been a tie for 44 in 2005. His winner's check was $1.08 million, his first since the 2004 Buick Championship, with the best round this week.

Austin also won the 1995 Buick Open.

Not bad for someone who turned 43 in January and had missed five cuts with his only top-25 showing coming with a tie for 18th in New Orleans in April.

"I played one of those dream rounds of golf,'' Austin said.

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