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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 271
• The Washington Redskins defeat the Buffalo Bills – 37-24 – in Super Bowl XXVI. • American Jim Courier wins the 80th Men’s Australian Open title after beating Stefan Edberg (6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2). • Monica Seles overwhelms Joe Fernandez in straight sets to win the Women’s Australian Open (6-2, 6-3). • David Boon scores his 12th Test century (135) as Australia defeats India by 38 runs at the Adelaide Oval. Mark Taylor makes 100 and records his 8th Test century. ALSO MAKING NEWS THIS WEEK IN 1992 THIS WEEK IN ... 1992 VINTAGE IBF WINS VINES CLASSIC S IX months after winning the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, Ian Baker-Finch rolled in a two-metre birdie putt on the 72nd hole to claim the 1992 Vines Golf Classic. The Queenslander was playing alongside Jeff Maggert and Frank Nobilo, who each had a share of the lead and birdie putts from a similar distance. But it was Baker-Finch who held his nerve, clinching what was then one of the most lucrative events on the Australasian golf calendar. “I had to find a little bit in reserve, but I guess that is what winning is all about,” Baker-Finch said after collecting the $144,000 winner’s cheque at The Vines Resort, in the Swan Valley east of Perth. “The victory is sweeter because I achieved it under pressure, and it feels great to finally perform well at home.” A 31-year-old Baker-Finch began the final round with a three-shot lead – but he left it until the final hole to separate himself from Maggert (who had won the inaugural title in 1991) and New Zealand’s Nobilo. “I tried my hardest not to win with a couple of holes out there,” Baker-Finch said, referencing to a tactical blunder at the par-3 16th that resulted in a mistake that nearly cost him the title. “It was so stupid what I did ... I had had trouble picking the wind all week and I second-guessed myself with club selection.” Maggert, of the United States, hardly made an error all week and simply misread his birdie chance: “I hit the putt where I wanted it to go, but it broke the wrong way,” he said. While Nobilo collected his third second-place result for January alone. E VIDEO: FINCHY LOOKS BACK ON HIS ROYAL BIRKDALE WIN WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
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