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Joe Durant returned
a seven- under par 65 on Sunday to win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
by four shots over Paul Stankowski. He set a tournament record with
a five-day total of 36-under 324, breaking the previous mark of
325 set by Tom Kite in 1993.
score is the lowest in relation to par in PGA Tour history. Kite
held that record as well with his 35-under total in this 90-hole
event in 1993.
"It was really
a magical week," said Durant, who collected $630,000 for the win.
"It seemed like every time I needed to make a crucial putt I did."
The win never
seemed to be in doubt after Durant posted a six- under 66 on Saturday
to take a five-shot lead with one round to go.
three front nine birdies, including a five-footer at the second
and a tap-in at six before he made his assault on the record book
at the turn.
At 10, Durant
hit a pitching wedge from 146 yards that landed 10 feet from the
hole, where he converted the birdie effort. He played his second
shot into a greenside bunker at the par-five 11th, but got up and
down for his fifth birdie of the afternoon.
had cut the lead to three after he birdied three holes in a row
starting at the 14th, but Durant extended his advantage at 16 after
he knocked a sand-wedge shot from the fairway to 10 feet. He added
a birdie at the next hole, also from 10 feet and that putt gave
Durant the record.
have gone lower at the 18th but his eight-foot birdie try fell short
of dropping in the cup.
the second victory on the PGA Tour for Durant, who at one point
gave up the sport to sell insurance. He came back to the tour and
won the Western Open in 1998.
"To win again
means a lot," said Durant, who also set new records for this event
after 36, 54 and 72 holes. "In fact, it almost means more to me
than the first time. I feel like I've gone full circle and my game
is where it should be."
mounted the closest thing to opposition that Durant saw on Sunday.
He fired a nine-under 63 in the final round, including four birdies
in six holes while he made the turn. Stankowski made four birdies
over his last five holes, but Durant had too much of a lead.
"I'm a little
disappointed because I wanted it and I wanted it bad," said Stankowski,
who is winless on the PGA Tour since the 1997 Hawaiian Open. "I
wanted to go out and make a bunch of birdies early."
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