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HONDA CLASSIC, Tournament Players Club at Heron Bay, Coral Springs, Florida. Dudley Hart birdied the last four holes in the final round to erase a three-shot deficit and win the second PGA Tour title of his career at last year's Honda Classic.

Hart, who makes his home 20 minutes from the TPC at Heron Bay, broke out of four-way tie for the lead with two holes to play. He closed with a 65 to finish one stroke ahead of Kevin Wentworth and third-round leader J.P. Hayes. Brian Gay thought he pulled even to Hart with a 30-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole. However, tournament officials later ruled that Gay's putt hung on the lip for 15 seconds before falling in -- five seconds longer than is allowed under the terms of rule 16-2 -- and was assessed a one-stroke penalty.

Gay went on to bogey his first hole since the second round with a three-putt at the 18th to finish tied for fourth place, two strokes back. Davis Love III, the highest ranked player in the field last year, matched the course record with an eight-under 64 in the final round to tie for 19th. Although Love will not be on hand this year, top-25 players Phil Mickelson, Hal Sutton, Tom Lehman, Jim Furyk, Mark Calcavecchia and Carlos Franco are expected to join defending champion Hart in this week's field.

No player has won the Honda Classic two straight years since Jack Nicklaus in 1977-78. Nicklaus, Calcavecchia and Johnny Miller are the only players to win this event more than once. Inverrary Golf and Country Club was the site for the first 11 years of this event (1972- 75, 1977-83). The tournament was not held in 1976 because the Tournament Players Championship, which was won by Nicklaus, was contested at Inverrary.

From 1992-95, the tournament was held at Weston Hills Golf and Country Club, while from 1984-91 and in '96, the event was played at the TPC at Eagle Trace. 1999 winner Vijay Singh owns the record for the biggest comeback in Honda Classic history when he rallied from five back on the final day to defeat Payne Stewart.

The last time a player shot 80 and still won the tournament was in 1986, when Kenny Knox claimed a one-shot victory. Six players have made the Honda Classic their first PGA Tour victory: Leonard Thompson (1974), Larry Nelson (1979), Kenny Knox (1986), John Huston (1990), Tim Herron (1996) and Stuart Appleby (1997). Herron was the only player to win this event in wire-to-wire fashion. There have been only four playoffs in the tournament's history, the last coming in 1993 when Fred Couples birdied the second extra hole to defeat Robert Gamez.

There have been only two holes-in-one in tournament history, with Wayne Grady making the first ace in 1985. He was matched eight years later by Bobby Wadkins. David Sutherland recorded a rare double-eagle during last year's event when he hit a three-wood from 274 yards out that found the hole at the par-five 14th. The purse was increased by $350,000 from last year. Next week, the PGA Tour moves to central Florida for the third event of the Florida Swing, the Bay Hill Invitational. Tiger Woods will be on hand to defend his title.

LPGA TOUR

WELCH'S/CIRCLE K CHAMPIONSHIP, Randolph North Golf Course, Tucson, Arizona. Not only did Annika Sorenstam capture last year's event, but with the win (her 19th) she qualified for the LPGA Hall of Fame. However, due to the 10-year rule, Sorenstam cannot be officially inducted until 2003.

Trailing Sorenstam most of Sunday's final round, Pat Hurst made a charge with five birdies on the final six holes and with Sorenstam three-putting the final hole, the two players finished regulation tied at 269, a new tournament record. After trading birdies with Hurst at the first hole of the playoff, Sorenstam two-putted for birdie at the second extra hole while Hurst failed to chip in for birdie from 15 feet. The win was the first of five for Sorenstam during the 2000 season and it came on her "home" course, as she played her college golf at the University of Arizona. Sorenstam, who posted back-to-back runner-up finishes in her first two starts of the 2001 season, is searching for her first victory of the year. 1999 champion Juli Inkster made a late charge in defense of her title, briefly taking the lead with a birdie on 16. Inkster finished with a final round of 64 to finish solo third.

Sorenstam, Hurst, A.J. Eathorne and Brandie Burton were the only players in the field to post all four rounds in the 60s. First- and second-round leader Cristie Kerr carded rounds of 72-70 over the weekend to finish alone in 12th. Randolph North has hosted this event since its inception in 1981. Four current LPGA Hall of Famers have been crowned champion of this event: inaugural winner Nancy Lopez (1981); Amy Alcott (1985); Betsy King (1987); and Inkster (1999). The purse was increased by $50,000 from last year.

There have been only two playoffs in the tournament's 20- year history (1982, 2000). This event begins a five-event west coast swing, which ends the third week in April at the City of Hope LPGA Classic. Top-ranked Karrie Webb, who cruised to her fourth straight Australian Masters title last week, remains in her home country to defend her title at the Australian Women's Open. Next week the LPGA Tour moves north to Phoenix for the Standard Register PING, where Annika's sister, Charlotta Sorenstam, defends her title.

SENIOR TOUR

SBC SENIOR CLASSIC, Valencia Country Club, Valencia, California. Last year Joe Inman notched five back-nine birdies on Sunday to help him go wire-to-wire in winning the SBC Classic for the third straight year. Inman, whose only Senior Tour wins have come in this event, became just the fifth player in the history of the elder circuit to win the same event three years in a row. He fired a final-round 65 to post a three-shot victory over the super-hot Larry Nelson, who came into the event having won four of his previous six starts.

Inman's lone bogey of the week came on the fourth hole during the opening round. Inman and Stewart Ginn were the only players in the field to post all three rounds in the 60s. Ginn finished third, six shots back. Inman has posted nine straight rounds in the 60s at this event with a scoring average of 66.55.

This is the first of three SBC events on the 2001 Senior Tour schedule and the eighth of 45 events overall. This event has been held in October since its inception in 1990, and last year was the final event prior to the season-ending Tour Championship. Of the 11 previous tournaments, six have been decided by one shot, one by two shots and two in playoffs. Only twice has the event been a runaway -- in 1992, when Raymond Floyd won by three shots, and last year, with Inman winning by the same margin.

In the event's history, no champion has ever shot a round over par and only one, Mike Hill (1990), has had a round in the 70s. Valencia Country Club north of Los Angeles takes over as the host site for this event. Valencia was the site of the PGA Tour's 1998 Nissan Open, where Billy Mayfair defeated Tiger Woods in a playoff. The SBC Senior Classic was held at L.A.'s Wilshire Country Club for the last six years, while Rancho Park Golf Club was the host course over the first five years of the tournament.

Gil Morgan became the youngest winner in Senior Tour history when he captured the 1996 edition of this event just 11 days after turning 50. Morgan has won four times at three different venues in Los Angeles -- the Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open at Riviera Country Club in 1978 and at Rancho Park in 1983, as well as this event at Wilshire in 1996 and '97. In his five starts at this event, Morgan has two other top-10 finishes to go along with his two wins and scoring average of 67.87. Morgan finished 11th in 2000.

There have been only two playoffs in tournament history, the last coming in 1993 when Dale Douglass clipped Jim Dent. Inman will be looking to join Chi Chi Rodriguez, Bob Charles, George Archer and Hale Irwin as the only players to win the same Senior Tour event four straight years. There have been six holes-in-one at this event. Charles Sifford registered the first one in 1990, followed by Jim O'Hern in 1991, Bert Yancey in 1992 and Bob Goalby in 1996. David Graham and Bobby Stroble each had an ace in 1997.

The four players that have participated in each of the 11 previous SBC Senior Classics -- Dale Douglass, Al Geiberger, Rocky Thompson and Tom Shaw -- are all slated to start this week. Next week the Senior Tour moves north to San Jose, California for the inaugural Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley.

Thomas Bjorn will be looking to add another trophy to his Dubai Desert Classic one he shows off here. Allsport.

EUROPEAN TOUR

QATAR MASTERS, Doha Golf Club, West Bay, Doha, Qatar. Rolf Muntz closed with an even-par 72 to finish five shots clear of Ian Woosnam, notching his maiden victory on the European Tour at last year's tournament in Qatar. Tied for the lead after two rounds with Mathias Gronberg of Sweden, Muntz fashioned a tournament-low five-under 67 to take a six-shot advantage into the final round. Welshman Woosnam carded a Sunday best 68 to vault into second place.

Muntz was the only golfer in the field to post two rounds in the 60s, and he and Woosnam were the only players to finish 72 holes under par. Gronberg closed with rounds of 75-79 to tie for 27th. Muntz became the first golfer from Holland to win on the European Tour and is the first Dutchman to win an official tournament since 1947, when Joop Ruhl won the Dutch Open.

Fourteen of the top-25 on the current Order of Merit are expected to start in this year's fourth annual event, including third-ranked Thomas Bjorn of Denmark. Bjorn is coming off a victory at the Dubai Desert Classic, his sixth win on the European Tour. Bjorn captured the title when World No. 1 Tiger Woods hit his ball in the water at the final hole to close with a double-bogey. With the win, Bjorn jumped from 18th to 14th in the latest World Golf Rankings.

Doha Golf Club is owned by the State of Qatar and is one of the most luxurious clubs in the Middle East. Next week the European Tour moves off the coast of Portugal for the Madeira Island Open, where Niclas Fasth will defend his title.

BUY.COM TOUR

FLORIDA CLASSIC, Gainesville Country Club, Gainesville, Florida. Three shots off the pace at the start of the final round, Fran Quinn carded a five-under 66 to post a three-shot victory over third-round leader Mark Hensby in last year's Florida Classic. Quinn was the only player in the field to post all four rounds in the 60s, as he won for the second time on the Buy.com Tour. Hensby, who fell out of the lead on the 11th hole, closed with a one-over 72. Sunday's final round was delayed for two hours and 40 minutes because of frost. Quinn will attempt to become the first player in Buy.com Tour history to win the same event two straight years, as he is on hand to defend his title this season. Brad Ott recorded the only hole-in-one at this event last year when he aced the 13th hole. The par-four, 483-yard fifth hole played to a scoring average of 4.387 for the week, making it the 12th most difficult hole on the 2000 Buy.com Tour. The purse was increased by $25,000 from last year. This is the first of 29 events on the Buy.com Tour schedule for 2001. Next week the Buy.com Tour moves to Mexico for the Monterrey Open.




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