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Dale Douglass kept the lead for the entire tournament, but strugg

February 22, 1988

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Dale Douglass kept the lead for the entire tournament, but struggled for a 2-over-par 74 Sunday to win the $300,000 Suncoast Seniors Classic at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club.

Douglass claimed the $45,000 winner’s check with a total of 210 for his two-stroke victory over Orville Moody, who closed with a 5-under-par 67, the only sub-70 score of the final round.

The win was Douglass’ fifth in three years on the Senior Tour, breaking a string of five second-place finishes since his last victory.

″I knew that if I hung around the top of the leader boards long enough, eventually I would win another one,″ Douglass said.

Gary Player, who trailed Douglass by only one stroke after 12 holes Sunday, bogeyed three of the last six holes to finish third at 213.

Fourth place was shared by Don Massengale, Doug Dalziel, Al Beiberger and Bob Charles.

Some of the early leaders dropped off in the final round as winds kicked up. Bob Brue, in second place at the start of the day, finished with a 77 and 217 total. Arnold Palmer was tied with Player for third going into the final round, but shot a 78 to finish at 219.

Douglass’ only birdie of the day came when he sank a 10-foot putt on the par-4 fourth hole. He salvaged enough pars on the back nine to stay ahead of Moddy and Player.

Moody opened the back nine with three consecutive birdies, then three- putted the 15th hole for his only bogey.

″I was playing my own game and not worrying about Dale,″ Moody said. ″It never works out if you watch the leader board.″

Player got into trouble on the par-3 13th hole when his tee shot landed within two feet of the hole but bounced over the green.

″Best shot I had all day resulted in a bogey,″ Player said.

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