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Gamez ends 15-year drought

Robert Gamez ended a PGA Tour-record 15 1/2 -year stretch between wins, closing with a 6-under 64 for a three-stroke victory at the Texas Open in San Antonio.

The 37-year-old Gamez had gone 394 events without winning, dating to the 1990 Bay Hill Invitational, a stretch of 15 years, 6 months. He surpassed Butch Baird's record of 15 years, 5 months and 10 days between wins. Ed Fiori went 409 events without winning.

"It has been a long time, a long time coming," Gamez said. "I knew it would happen. I just didn't know when."

Olin Browne, a winner two weeks ago at the Deutsche Bank Championship, also shot a 64 and finished at 15 under.

The victory was worth $630,000 for Gamez, who won the Tucson Open and Nestle Invitational in 1990 and has eight second-place finishes since. In 1994, he won the Casio World Open in Japan, not an official PGA Tour event.

In area golf, Tony Hejna of Crag Burn took second place in the men's state mid-amateur championship, which finished Sunday at the Country Club of Rochester. Hejna's score of 218 was six strokes behind Matthew Clarke of the Country Club of Troy.

Masters winner Archer dies

George Archer, the 1969 Masters champion who was one of the best putters in the world during his long professional career, died Sunday after a yearlong battle with Burkitts Lymphoma. He was 65.

Archer died at his home in Incline Village, Nev., wife Donna said late Sunday night. "I was holding him and it was a beautiful experience," Donna Archer said. "He was quite expressive about what a wonderful life he'd had, to be able to have that kind of career. He was on the tour for 40 years."

Archer won 12 times on the PGA Tour and 19 times on the Champions Tour, the last in 2000 in the MasterCard Championship.

He set the PGA Tour record for fewest putts in a four-round tournament with 95 in the 1980 Sea Pines Heritage Classic. The mark was broken by Bob Tway in 1986.

Jones outlasts Duke

Tommy Jones defeated top qualifier Norm Duke, 222-215, in the title match of the Dydo Japan Cup 2005 to defend his title in the bowling tournament. Jones earned the $50,000 top prize.

Brad Angelo of Lockport finished fifth, collecting $6,000.

Jones started his day with a 248-204 win over Korea's Park Jon Soo. Then he defeated Patrick Allen, 218-169, and Angelo, 191-166, and former Niagara Falls resident Patrick Healey Jr., 201-180.

Klitschko closer to goal

Wladimir Klitschko showed heart, stamina and resiliency in his victory over Samuel Peter.

He's back in contention, one step closer to realizing his dream of sharing the heavyweight championship with his brother, WBC champion Vitali Klitschko.

"Now, I have to get another title shot. We'll see who's available," he said.

Surviving three knockdowns, the 29-year-old Klitschko won by unanimous decision over Peter in a 12-round IBF eliminator Saturday in Atlantic City. The victory makes Klitschko the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Chris Byrd.

It also helps restore some of the luster lost in his defeats by Lamon Brewster and Corrie Sanders, which called his toughness into question.

Patiently picking his spots, Klitschko managed to neutralize Peter, a 6-foot, 243-pound powerhouse with little finesse and even less speed.

"It wasn't easy fight for me," said Klitschko (45-3), a native of Kiev, Ukraine. "I was going 12 rounds. In my 48 fights, I was going only once 12 rounds. There were some doubts about my stamina and so on. Now, you can see, those problems I don't have. If I want, I can go 12 rounds no matter what."

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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