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The bitter taste of second place

Updated: December 29, 2006, 5:20 AM ET
By Lynn Burkhead | ESPN Outdoors associate editor

NEW ORLEANS — They were close, agonizingly close.

But close doesn't count in the BASS Masters Classic and the looks on each one of these two men's faces told the story. Scott Rook and David Walker had been almost close enough to touch the Classic trophy. But after Kevin VanDam's final day weigh-in total of 10 pounds, 14 ounces, close wasn't close enough.

"I'm happy, but I'm disappointed coming in second," said Rook, who missed winning the Classic by one pound, two ounces. "It's ...

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