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Golf:  South African-Born Rory Sabbatini Wins Capital Open - 2003-06-10


South African born Rory Sabbatini has won the rain-delayed Capital Open golf tournament near Washington. Sabbatini was able to play steady while his challengers faltered.

Rory Sabbatini built on his third round lead Monday by firing a final round three-under-par 68 to finish at 14 under-par and win the rain-delayed Capital Open in Potomac, Maryland. The win is his second on the U.S. PGA Tour.

Sabbatini says he is glad he was able to stay in front and claim a four-shot victory margin. "I was pretty tired out there today, pretty worn out mentally and physically," he said. "I made a couple of mental mistakes out there. I really had to talk a lot to my caddy 'OK Kevin, you have to talk to me here and help me remain focused'".

There was a bit of controversy at the TPC Avenel course, which cost American Duffy Waldorf sole possession of second place and an extra $150,000 in prize money. He was assessed a two stroke penalty on the 12th hole for for illegally improving the position of his ball. That pushed Waldorf into a three-way tie for second with Joe Durant and local favorite Fred Funk, all at 10-under-par.

Sabbatini takes home $810,000 for the win and heads with momentum to the U.S. Open, which tees off Thursday near Chicago.