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Phoenix Open
Scottsdale, Arizona,
22nd - 25th January 1998

Par 71 Prize Money $2.5 million

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First career win for Parnevik

Scottsdale, Arizona, 25th January 1998 - Jesper Parnevik of Sweden finally broke through with his first win on the PGA Tour by shooting a 15-under-par 269 in the $2.5 million Phoenix Open at the TPC of Scottsdale in Arizona.

Parnevik, who finished second but 11 strokes behind Steve Jones in last year's tournament, was runner-up in five tournaments last season, including the British Open, where he finished three shots behind Justin Leonard. He also was third at last year's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

The 32-year-old Parnevik, who birdied three of the final six holes, shot a 4-under 67 today after entering the final round tied atop the leaderboard with Scott Verplank. Parnevik won $450,000.

Four golfers finished tied for second at 272, including Tommy Armour III and Steve Pate, who took the lead into the clubhouse. Brent Geiberger and Tom Watson, who both shot 66s today, also finished at 12-under.

Verplank, seeking his first PGA victory since 1988, managed par golf over the first six holes before bogeying two of the next six and falling off the leaderboard. The 33-year-old Verplank was the medalist at last month's PGA qualifying tournament.

The par-71 TPC of Scottsdale measures 6,992 yards.