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Subaru Sarazen World Open
The Legends at Chateau Elan
Braselton, Georgia
5th - 8th November 1998

Par 72 Prize Money $2.0 million

Final Round Report

Hart's remarkable weekend leads to four-shot victory

Associated Press

Braselton, Georgia. 8th November 1998 - Dudley Hart, who had won only once in eight years on the PGA Tour, shot a 3-under-par 69 Sunday to overtake Bob Tway and win the Sarazen World Open by four strokes.

Hart, who won the 1996 Canadian Open, had a 272 total to earn the $360,000 first prize in the non-PGA Tour event worth $2 million.

Hart, who was married late in July, delayed his honeymoon until this event ended. He and wife, Suzanne, leave for Mexico on Monday.

"We're leaving bright and early tomorrow morning," said Hart, who is heading to Cabo San Lucas.

"She wanted a summer wedding, but didn't mind waiting until the end of the golf season to enjoy the honeymoon," said Hart, adding he was not taking his golf clubs.

"I had extra incentive this week," joked the 30-year-old. "The hotel we've staying at is not cheap."

Suzanne, however, was not on hand to enjoy the moment.

"She's back home (in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)," said Hart. "She's probably at the mall now."

Tway, who led Hart by one stroke entering the final round, shot a 74 over the par 72, 6,993-yard Legends course at Chateu Elan. He wound up at 276.

Hart, whose best finish this season was a tie for third at the Western Open, got even with Tway at the par 4, 423-yard first hole when he made par and Tway bogeyed. Hart took the lead for good by two strokes when Tway had a double-bogey on the fourth hole.

Tway never got any closer the rest of the dreary, chilly day in which a light rain fell for most of the round and the temperature barely reached 50.

"I didn't play very well today. I didn't even put any pressure on Dudley," said Tway, who hasn't won since 1995, but was 24th on the money-list this year with just over $1 million.

"He (Hart) did exactly what you need to do on the last day. He hit the ball nicely. He had a lot of opportunities and played a nice round where I did not," he said.

Two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer shot a 68 and was third at 277.

John Huston, who won at Disney two weeks ago, had the day's best round -- a 65 -- and was next at 278.

Andrew Coltart of Scotland and Miguel Angel Jiménez tied for fifth at 279. Coltart had a 69 and Jimenez a 71.

Hart, who earned a career-best $553,729 on the PGA Tour this year, tied the tournament record Saturday with a 62. On Sunday, his steady round included four birdies and one bogey.

Edward Fryatt, who led after two rounds before fading with an 11-over Saturday, was far back at 290 after a 73.

Defending champion Mark Calcavecchia shot a 76 for 292 in this tournament that brings together the past two champions from open tourneys around the world, and several Sarazen selections.

Two-time winner Frank Nobilo of New Zealand (1995-96) had an 81 and was at 307, 19-over and last among the 56 players who made the cut.

Divots: Gene Sarazen, 96, was honored with a plaque after the tournament. It was presented to him by Hart and the inscription on the plaque read: "To Gene Sarazen, thank you for many contributions to this great game, not only as a player, but as the world's ambassador of golf."

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