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Slocum clinches Mississippi win

Slocum clinches Mississippi winHeath Slocum pulled clear of Swede Carl Pettersson and Loren Roberts to claim the Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Mississippi by two shots.

The trio were tied for the lead going into the 16th but Pettersson bogeyed the hole before Roberts did likewise at the 17th to leave Slocum clear.

Slocum shot a flawless round of 66, including six birdies, to finish 21 under for the tournament.

England's Brian Davis finished tied for 35th place on 12 under.

Slocum shook off Roberts at the 17th when his second shot landed nine feet of the pin which he then slotted home for a birdie.

Roberts had to settle for a bogey after hitting his drive into the water.

Slocum's triumph at the Annandale club was only his second of his career.

Many of the players in Mississippi had been trying to get into the top 125 on the money list.

Slocum came into the event in 67th place and has already secured his place on the PGA Tour until 2007.

Roberts was 126th on the money list but gained an exemption for next season, which he likely will split between the PGA and Champions Tours.

Pettersson arrived here 43rd on the money list and climbed into the top 40 to earn an invitation to the 2006 Masters.

Joey Snyder III, who let his overnight lead slip, is also secure for next year.