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Paul Goydos wins Hawaii Championship

September 22, 2014

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Paul Goydos won the Hawaii Championship on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, breaking out of a tight pack with four straight birdies.

Making his fifth start on the tour since turning 50 in June, Goydos closed with a 4-under 68 at Kapolei Golf Club for a tournament-record 19-under 197 total. He opened with rounds of 66 and 63 for a share of the second-round lead with Fred Funk.

“I think I used what I’ve learned today,” Goydos said. “I’m making progress, which I’m pleased with. I didn’t play well on the PGA Tour this year. Happy held it together. Handled adversity well.”

Funk finished with a 69 to tie for second with Scott Dunlap. The 58-year-old Funk had a hole-in-one on No. 16, using a 4-hybrid on the 200-yard hole. Dunlap shot a 65.

Goydos started the birdie run with a 6-footer on the par-5 14th, then hit a 140-yard shot to within an inch of the hole on the 15th, holed a 15-footer on the 16th and made a 6-footer on the 17th. The American then had to scramble for bogey on the par-4 18th after flying his approach over the green.

Goydos won twice on the U.S. PGA Tour, the last time at the 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii.

“I love it over,” he said. “It’s a great place to play golf.”

He broke the tournament record of 14-under 202 set by Willie Wood in 2012 in the inaugural event.

Davis Love III struggled in his Champions Tour debut, closing with a 72 to tie for 64th in the 81-man field. The 20-time PGA Tour winner turned 50 in April.

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