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PGA Love bounces back to win Pebble Beach



Published: Thu, February 13, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Phil Mickelson shot an 80 on Sunday to finish at 296 -- dead last among those who made the cut.

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Davis Love III was right: Staying ahead is even tougher than coming from behind at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Fortunately for Love, he's capable of doing both.

Love surrendered a three-stroke lead over Tom Lehman with six holes to play on Sunday, but made a short birdie putt on the 18th hole for a one-stroke victory -- his first win since his first Pebble Beach triumph in 2001.

On the fourth straight day of perfect weather on the Monterey Peninsula, two veterans whose careers have lagged recently battled down the stretch of an entertaining final round in the popular pro-am.

The stretch, the finish

Love, who made up a seven-stroke deficit to win at Pebble Beach in 2001, took advantage of the conditions with an extraordinary string of birdies, but Lehman caught him down the stretch, setting up a dramatic finish.

After beginning the day with a two-stroke lead, Love made six birdies in the eight holes around the turn. Lehman charged back with three straight birdies on the back nine and another on the 17th, but Love made a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th -- moments after Lehman missed a similar putt.

Love got his 15th PGA Tour victory with a final-round 68 to finish at 14-under 274 for the tournament.

Lehman finished with a 5-under 67 to go 13 under for the tournament. It was his best finish since the 2001 Sony Open in Hawaii.

Tim Herron -- who shot a final-round 66 -- and Mike Weir finished third at 276, two strokes behind Love.

Phil Mickelson shot an 80 on Sunday to finish at 296 -- dead last among those who made the cut.

Champions Tour

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Dave Barr birdied the final four holes, capped by a 35-foot putt on the 18th, to win the Royal Caribbean Golf Classic, his first win as a senior.

Barr ended a 16-year victory drought, winning for the first time since the 1987 Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic on the PGA Tour. He earned $217,500 for the win in the first full-field event on the Champions Tour.

Barr shot a 5-under 67 on the Crandon Park Golf Club course and finished at 9-under 207, one shot better than Gil Morgan and Bobby Wadkins, both of whom missed chances to force a playoff on the final hole.

Morgan, the second-round leader, could have forced a playoff but missed his 7-foot par putt on the final hole. Morgan shot a 70, while Wadkins survived an erratic round to shoot 68.

Wadkins, who missed a 6-foot birdie putt on 18, had six pars, eight birdies and four bogeys Sunday.

Rodger Davis (70) was alone in fourth at 7-under 209, while Hubert Green (71) finished fifth at 211.

Wie shoots 5-over

AIEA, Hawaii -- Thirteen-year-old Michelle Wie shot a 5-over 77 in the final round of the Hawaii Pearl Open, finishing with an 8-over 224 to tie for 43rd place.

Playing from the championship tees at the Pearl Country Club, Wie was the only female in the tournament field of 192, and the youngest overall.

Greg Meyer, a Japanese tour player who is the assistant golf pro at Pearl, shot a final round 2-over 74 to win the $80,000, 54-hole tournament at 7-under 209. Steve Schneiter and Hiroyuki Naito of Japan tied for second, one stroke behind Meyer.




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