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Golf Australia Express : Issue 25
What’s happening on the PGA Tour this week PEEK 1992: Corey Pavin defeats Fred Couples in a sudden-death playoff only after holing a 136-yard 8-iron shot for eagle on the 72nd hole to tie for the lead. 1996: START YOUR ENGINES N 40 YEARS of the Honda Classic, we’ve seen some pretty tight tussles. Here’s 11 clashes at beautiful PGA National we thought worth reliving: I 1972: Tom Weiskopf out-duels Jack Nicklaus to win by one shot at the first staging of the tournament. 1974: Leonard Thompson wins his first PGA Tour title with a one-shot victory over Hale Irwin. Thompson donates $10,000 of his winnings to the Boys Clubs of America. 1978: Jack Nicklaus birdies the last five holes to defeat Grier Jones by a shot. 1980: Johnny Miller wins his first event since the 1976 Open Championship. He finishes two shots ahead of Bruce Lietzke and Charles Coody. 1986: Kenny Knox wins by a shot over Clarence Rose, Jodie Mudd, Andy Bean, and John Mahaffey in spite of shooting a third round 80. 1987: Mark Calcavecchia wins his first Honda Classic title. Only the year before he worked as a caddy at the tournament. 1991: Steve Pate shoots the worst last-round score by a PGA Tour winner in 10 years, with a 75, but still holds on to win by three shots over Paul Azinger and Dan Halldorson. Tim Herron becomes the first PGA Tour rookie in 13 years to win a tournament wire-to-wire. He defeats Mark McCumber by four shots. 2000: Dudley Hart birdies the last four holes to defeat J. P. Hayes and Kevin Wentworth by a shot. 2004: Thirty-eight-year-old PGA Tour rookie Todd Hamilton wins by a shot over Davis Love III. Hamilton went on to win the British Open later that year. THE