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Faxon & Andrade win Fred Meyer Challenge

Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon won the Fred Meyer Challenge for the second time in three years after a stellar final round on Tuesday.

Faxon drained a 30-foot eagle on the 16th hole and the duo combined to shoot a tournament-record 24-under-par 120 over the two-day event at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club. Nine straight birdies, from holes four through 12, carried them to a 12-under-60 for a second straight day at the best-ball

Fuzzy Zoeller and Jean Van de Velde combined for a 57 on the par-72 course Tuesday and they finished two shots back. Stewart Cink and David Toms came in a third-place tie with David Duval and his father Bob at 21-under-par. Tom Lehman and Sergio Garcia finished at minus-20.

Zoeller and Van de Velde also eagled the par-5 16th hole, but couldn't catch up and split the $120,000 second-place prize.

It was the second time in three years that Faxon and Andrade were presented with jean jackets by tournament host Peter Jacobsen for winning the event, now in its 16th year. Each player took home $90,000.

This is the fifth time Faxon has won the tournament. He teamed with Greg Norman to win the Fred Meyer Challenge from 1995-97. It's also the third time that Andrade has shared the top prize. He teamed with Tom Kite to capture the tournament in 1992.

The Duvals were tied for the lead going into Tuesday's final round, but couldn't match the intensity of the first-round co-leaders. The Duvals parred the first three holes on Tuesday, but stayed in contention with birdies on six of the next seven holes. However, Andrade and Faxon were consistent all day and were able to get the title back they won in 1999.

Steve Elkington and Craig Stadler finished at 17-under-par, while Casey Martin and Billy Mayfair came in at minus-15 along with the defending champions -- John Cook and Mark O'Meara. Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson were next at minus-14, while Scott McCarron and Brian Henninger were at 12-under.

Jacobsen and his playing partner, Arnold Palmer, carded a 67 Tuesday to finish the event at nine-under. Jack Nicklaus and his son Gary were last at three- under.



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