Jeff Freeman, of Palm Desert, Calif., arrived at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., and displayed the patience and course management necessary on the rugged 7,208-yard layout. In turn, he became the seventh player to win the National Championship in his first attempt. Freeman, who bogeyed the 18th hole in his final round, was the only player to break par for 72 holes, while posting a two-stroke victory in a Championship that was a wide-open race until the final four holes. A 37- year-old PGA assistant professional at Tamarisk Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Freeman had a closing 75 for a 72-hole total of 1-under-par 287. He tied the Championship record for highest final round, matching Bruce Zabriski’s closing round in 1997. He also tied the highest overall winning total of Bob Boyd in 1988. Milan Swilor, of Sandy, Utah; Christopher Toulson, of Miami, Fla.; and 1990 Champion Brett Upper, of Scottsdale, Ariz., tied for second at 289.