March 27, 2006
Stephen Ames went from making fun of Tiger Woods to winning like him.
Ames finished at 14-under 274, six shots clear of two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, who closed with a 69. The scoring average was 75.378, the second-toughest Sunday in Sawgrass history. Despite playing in the final group, Ames was eight shots better and had the best score of the day.
He earned $1.44 million for his second PGA TOUR victory, and also got a three-year exemption to the Masters.
First up is a family vacation to Orlando with his two children and wife, Jodi, who is recovering from lung cancer that was detected a week after the British Open.
And the Masters?
“I’ve got to sit down and think about that at this time,” Ames said.
Only a month ago, the 41-year-old was lampooned for teasing Woods before facing him in the first round of the World golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, saying anything he could happen, “especially where he’s hitting the ball.”