Date: March 24, 2008

Allan ends in top 10

Australian Steve Allan has recorded a top-10 finish at the Puerto Rico Open. American Greg Kraft fired a closing round two-under 70 to take the $4 million event, his first official US PGA Tour title in 379 attempts. Americans filled the first five places at the Trump International Golf Club. New Zealander Tim Wilkinson, who ended three shots back of Kraft, broke the dominance of the Americans with a share of sixth. Kraft, who turns 44 in April, finished on 14-under to hold off compatriots Bo Van Pelt, the third-round leader, and Jerry Kelly by one stroke. Another couple of American players – Briny Baird and Kevin Stadler – posted 276. The tournament was missing the leading players in the game, but the win was no less sweet for Kraft. “I wish I could describe how I feel,” Kraft said. “Maybe justice.” Kraft birdied the par-five 5th hole and added birdies at the 12th and 17th to seize a two-stroke lead over Kelly in the clubhouse, giving him enough of a margin to make his first bogey in 30 holes on the 18th and still win the title. Of the remaining Australians, Gavin Coles (tied for 15th) and Andrew Buckle (tied for 28th) were next best.