The Associated Press
Feb. 26, 1996
Winner: Craig Stadler ($216,000).
Score: 67-70-73-68_278 (-6).
Second (279): Mark Brooks (64), Fred Couples (69), Scott Simpson (71) and Mark Wiebe (71).
Notes: Stadler shot a 5-under 30 on the front nine to go to 8-under, but bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16, barely missed a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18, then watched on the locker room television as the final four groups finished. Stadler, 42, who played the entire tournament with a new putter after losing the one he had used for more than two years, won for the 12th time in his 20 years on the tour. ... Brooks, the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic winner, ended his round with a bogey on No. 9. ... Steve Elkington, who won last year's PGA Championship at Riviera, closed with a 71 to tie for 10th at 281. ... Neal Lancaster, the third-round leader after a 65, shot a 77 on Sunday to finish five back at 283. ... Corey Pavin, the winner in 1994 and 1995, shot four consecutive 71s for a 284 total.
Next: Doral-Ryder Open, Feb. 29-March 3, Miami.
Cup Noodles Hawaiian Open
Kapolei Golf Club
Winner: Meg Mallon ($90,000).
Score: 74-70-68_212 (-4).
Second (213): Karrie Webb (69). Third (214): Jane Geddes (72)
Notes: Mallon, 32, birdied the final two holes Saturday for her seventh career victory and first since the 1993 Sara Lee Classic. ... Webb, a 21-year-old rookie from Australia, won the HealthSouth Inaugural and also finished second in the season-opening Tournament of Champions. She leads the tour with $196,855 in three starts. ... Beth Daniel earned $4,614 for a 28th-place tie to move within $1,081 of the $5 million mark. She is third on the career list behind Betsy King ($5,396,112) and Pat Bradley ($5,170,441). ... Thirty-six players will compete in the Sapporo Beer Hawaii LPGA Pro-Am today and Tuesday at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club. Elaine Crosby won last year's event in a playoff with Katie Petersen-Parker.
Next: Ping-Welch's Championship, March 14-17, Tucson, Ariz.
SENIOR PGA TOUR
American Express Invitational
At Sarasota, Fla.
TPC at Prestancia
Winner: Hale Irwin ($135,000).
Score: 66-67-64_197 (-19).
Second (202): Bob Murphy (68). Third (203): Terry Dill (67) and Graham Marsh (70).
Notes: Irwin, playing all three rounds without a bogey, won his third Senior PGA Tour title in just 16 starts and pushed his earnings to $1,066,100. His 197 total broke the 54-hole record of 13-under 203 set by Tom Weiskopf in the 1993 Chrysler Cup. Irwin's 64 was one off the course record set by George Archer in 1994. ... Murphy, who won the Royal Caribbean Classic earlier this month, leads the money list with $302,467. Irwin is second at $266,925. ... Bob Eastwood, making his first start of the Senior PGA Tour, closed with a 69 to tie for 35th at 213.
Next: FHP Health Care Classic, March 1-3, Ojai, Calif.,
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR
FNB TOUR SOUTH AFRICA
FNB Players Championship
At Durban, South Africa
Durban Country Club
Winner: Wayne Westner ($100,000).
Score: 66-67-67-70_270 (-18).
Second (271): Jose Coceres (65). Third (274): Paul Eales (70)
Notes: Westner, 34, of South Africa, made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole for the victory, which gave him a three-year exemption on the PGA European Tour and berths in the British Open and World Series of Golf. He won the FNB Tour's South African Masters and Nashua Wild Coast Sun Challenge in consecutive weeks earlier this year. ... Italy's Costantino Rocca, Northern Ireland's David Feherty and England's Ross McFarlane tied for fourth at 276. Rocca shot a 66 and Feherty and McFarlane had 67s. ... South African star Ernie Els finished with a 71 to tie for 10th at 278.
Next: Catalonia Open, Feb. 29-March 3, Tarragona, Spain
AUSTRALASIAN PGA TOUR
At Sydney, Australia
Terrey Hills Golf Club
Winner: Peter Senior ($56,840).
Score: 70-72-67-69_278 (-10).
Second (280): Robert Willis (66), Robert Allenby (69) and Brad King (74).
Notes: Senior, a 32-year-old Australian, won the season-ending tournament for the second time in three years. He has 16 career titles on the Australasian PGA Tour. ... New Zealand's Phil Tataurangi shot a course-record 64 that included a hole-in-one on the par-3 fourth hole to tie for fifth at 281. ... Australia's Ian Baker-Finch, the 1991 British Open champion, made his first cut since the 1994 Queensland Open. Baker-Finch, 0-for-18 on the PGA Tour last year, closed with a 69 for a 290 total.
Nike Tour: San Jose Open, Almaden Country Club, San Jose, Calif. (Playoff between Larry Silveira, Stewart Cink and Bobby Elliott scheduled for this morning).
PGA European Challenge Tour: Kenya Open, Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, Kenya (Mike Miller, Scotland, $15,750, 66-66-66-72_272, -12).