BIRMINGHAM, AL (AP) - Kevin VanDam won $500,000 for his third Bassmaster Classic title, beating Jeff Kriet by five pounds Sunday at Lay Lake.
VanDam, the Kalamazoo, Michigan., pro who won his fifth Bassmaster Angler of the Year award last year, had a catch of 19 pounds, 7 ounces Sunday to finish with a three-day total of 51-6.
Kriet, from Ardmore, Oklahoma., finished at 46-6.
"This was a challenging week weather-wise," VanDam said. "I've had a lot of success in Alabama over the years in tournaments, but a win has always eluded me."
Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, was third at 44-3, and Russ Lane of Prattville, Ala., fourth at 43-12.