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Cook & O'Meara win Fred Meyer Challenge

John Cook made a 6-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole today to win the Fred Meyer Challenge with Mark O'Meara for the second time.

The Cook-O'Meara team shot an 11-under-par 61 today and finished 36 holes at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club tied at 19-under 125 with Jim Furyk and John Frost in the best-ball event.

O'Meara, Furyk, and Frost all made pars on the par-5, 578-yard 18th -- with O'Meara's and Furyk's birdie putts rolling just wide of the cup -- but Cook made his to win the 15th annual charity tournament.

O'Meara and Cook will split $180,000 in prize money. They played in the Challenge five times together and last won the event in 1994.

Furyk and Frost had started the day in second place after shooting a 63 Monday. They shot a 62 today to force the playoff.

Jack Nicklaus and his son Gary, playing in the Challenge for the fourth time together, matched O'Meara-Cook for today's best score. Team Nicklaus had 11 birdies, including the final four holes. The last of those was a short chip-in by Jack Nicklaus from the edge of the 18th green that left them one stroke out of the playoff.

Fuzzy Zoeller and Jay Haas led the field after Monday's first round with a 62, but only made five birdies today and finished fifth.

Furyk and Frost made a birdie on No. 10th to take the lead and maintained a one-stroke advantage over Cook-O'Meara through the 16th.

The last of three straight birdies by Cook came at No. 17 and brought them into a tie for the lead at 18 under. Both teams birdied 18 to force the playoff.

Instead of the legendary green jackets of The Masters, the winners were awarded the tournament's traditional "jean jackets'' -- showing the casual, playful nature of the event.

Much of the crowd followed the group consisting of the teams of Arnold Palmer and Peter Jacobsen and the Nicklauses.

On the 18th hole, Palmer and Nicklaus walked alone together on to the green as the fans in the bleachers gave them a standing ovation. Jacobsen then threw his arm around Gary Nicklaus and walked dramatically onto the green -- to cheers and laughs from the crowd.

Final standings

J.Cook/M.O'Meara #-19 (64-61=125) 
J.Furyk/D.Frost -19 (63-62=125) 
J.Nicklaus/G.Nicklaus -18 (65-61=126) 
B.Andrade/B.Faxon * -17 (64-63=127) 
J.Haas/F.Zoeller-16 (62-66=128) 
B.Henninger/S.McCarron-15 (64-65=129) 
P.Jacobsen/A.Palmer -14 (65-65=130) 
T.Herron/S.Cink -14 (64-66=130) 
C.Martin/J.Van de Velde -13 (66-65=131) 
J.Sluman/C.Stadler-10 (65-69-134) 

# - won in playoff
* - defending champions

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