The Vines, Perth
29th January - 1st February 1998
72 Prize Money £555,500
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pips Woosnam in Perth
Mark Garrod, PA Sport Golf Correspondent, Perth
Australia, 1st February 1998 - Denmark's Thomas Bjorn pipped Ian Woosnam
by a stroke for the Heineken Classic title in Perth on Sunday.
a windswept day when only eight of the 66 players broke par, Bjorn won when Woosnam,
the 1996 champion, missed a six-foot eagle putt on the final green.
shot a closing 74 to collect the £108,935 first prize with an eight under par
total of 280. Woosnam managed only a 76, having four bogeys in a row around the
turn and then three-putting the 17th.
Ryder Cup Dane also bogeyed that hole after finding a bunker, but at the downwind
517-yard last he hit his second shot to 15 feet. When his eagle attempt lipped
out Woosnam had the chance to force a play-off, but failed and had to be content
with the £61,732 runners-up cheque.
Padraig Harrington, home in 31 for a best-of-the-round 66, headed for the airport
thinking he had no chance on six under par. But as all the players ahead of him
started frittering away strokes he decided not to take his London flight and headed
back to the course.
the event, though, he had to settle for a share of third spot with US Open champion
Ernie Els, Midlander Peter Baker and Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal.
only previous European tour victory was the Loch Lomond Invitational two years