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Fred Couples made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole for the winning margin Sunday as he and Mark Calcavecchia won the PGA Tour portion of the $1.2 million Hyundai Team Matches.

Couples carded five birdies to help beat defending champions Tom Lehman and Duffy Waldorf 1-up.

In the Senior PGA Tour portion, Allen Doyle's 20-foot chip-in on the third hole of a playoff lifted him and Dana Quigley to a 1-up victory over Tom Watson and Andy North.

Watson made a hole-in-one.

Lorie Kane and Janice Moodie needed only 14 holes to defeat Grace Park and Wendy Ward 5 and 4 in the LPGA Tour division.

Couples and Calcavecchia, who won the tournament in 1999, birdied the 6th, 7th and 8th holes to take a three-hole lead.

``We got off to a very good start,'' Couples said. ``But we knew they played very well together.''

Waldorf sank a 60-foot putt for eagle on the 12th hole to cut the deficit to 1-up, and Lehman birdied the 13th to even the match. The teams halved the next three holes before Couples' putt won the 17th.

Watson's hole-in-one was on the par-3, 170-yard 13th, to square the match. North made a go-ahead birdie on the par-4 15th, but Doyle birdied the 16th to even the match again.

``We dodged a real bullet when Tom made that hole-in-one,'' Doyle added. ``We thought it would give them momentum but we hung in there, played tough and wound up on the good side.''

Moodie, in her first appearance at the event, sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole to give her and Kane a lead they never relinquished. Moodie also sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 11th hole.

``We jelled pretty well as a team,'' Moodie said. ``We kind of alternated making birdies while the other made par.''

Winning players in all three events each won $100,000 and a new car.

The event was played at the par-70 Monarch Beach Golf Links. The PGA Tour played the course at 6,582 yards, the Senior PGA Tour at 6,548, and the LPGA Tour at 6,094.


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