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March 4, 1996

Winner: Greg Norman ($324,000).

Score: 67-69-67-66_269 (-19).

Second (271): Michael Bradley (66) and Vijay Singh (68).

Notes: Norman, also the winner 1990 and 1993, shot a 4-under 32 on the back nine in the final round _ with a meaningless bogey on No. 18 _ and never went more than a hole without a birdie after No. 6. He has won four PGA Tour events and two Australian tournaments since June. The $324,000 check lifted him to second on the money list with $344,000 in two events. Phil Mickelson is the leader with $611,570 in six events. ... Senior tour star Ray Floyd closed with a 68 to tie for eighth at 277. ... Paul Azinger, Bernhard Langer, Ernie Els, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III and John Daly missed the cut.

Next: Honda Classic, March 7-10, Coral Springs, Fla.

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SENIOR PGA TOUR

FHP Healthcare Classic

At Ojai, Calif.

Ojai Valley Inn and Country Club

Winner: Walt Morgan ($120,000).

Score: 62-71-66_199 (-11), won on the first hole of a playoff with Gary Player (68).

Third (201): Jack Kiefer (69).

Notes: Morgan, 54, made an 8-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole. Player, 60, missed a 6-footer to tie. ... Morgan, who also won last year’s GTE Northwest Classic, spent 20 years in the Army, including two tours in Vietnam. ... Player, who began the round with a one-stroke lead over Kiefer and Tom Shaw, did win his first Grandmasters title with a 9-under 131 total for 36 holes. Player earned $18,000 in the 60-and-over competition.

Next: Senior Slam, March 4-5, Los Cabos, Mexico.

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PGA EUROPEAN TOUR

Catalan Open

At Tarragona, Spain

Bonmont Golf Club

Winner: Paul Lawrie ($75,000).

Score: 65-70_135 (-9).

Second (136): Fernando Roca (70). Third (137): Domingo Hospital (71).

Notes: Lawrie, a 27-year-old Scot, won his first PGA European Tour title in the wind-shortened event. He finished play Saturday, while about half the field completed the second round Sunday in rain and cold. ... The tournament was the tour’s first in Europe after single events in Singapore and Perth, Australia, and three in South Africa.

Next: Moroccan Open, March 7-10, Agadir, Morocco.

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OTHER TOURNAMENTS

Nike Tour: Inland Empire Open, Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Club, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Jim Estes, $36,000, 68-68-68-68_272, -16).

Hooters Tour: Grand Casino Classic, Azalea City Municipal Course, Mobile, Ala. (Ty Armstrong, $15,000, 74-70-68-65_277, -11, won on the second hole of a playoff with Zoran Zorkic).

FNB Tour South Africa: Royal Swazi Sun, Royal Swazi Sun Country Club, Mbabane, Swaziland (Richard Kaplan, $20,300, South Africa, 66-67-70-68_271, -17, won on the first hole of a playoff with Wayne Westner, South Africa).

Japan LPGA: Daikin Orchid Ladies, Ryukyu Golf Club, Tamagusukuson, Okinawa (Li Wen-Lin, Taiwan, $103,000, 73-72-67_212, -4).

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