For Mark Calcavecchia, it was a case of better late than never.
Calcavecchia, who blew a two-stroke lead in the final round of the Bob Hope Desert Classic a week earlier, blew away a strong field Sunday for a seven-stroke victory in the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Calcavecchia, who started the day with a three-stroke lead, said his fourth career victory gives him "the potential for a great year.
"Winning this early sets up the year for you. It gives you the potential to go on and win another... and another... and maybe another... maybe a major.
Calcavecchia, whose go-for-broke style is sometimes compared to the young Arnold Palmer, credited the lesson he learned a week earlier with his rout of a strong field at the TPC Course at Scottsdale.
"I blew it," he said of his loss at the Hope a week earlier. "I should have won it, but I got all wrapped up in how close it was (over the last 18 holes). I wouldn't let myself play," he said.
He missed a playoff by a single stroke.
When he established a three-shot lead after 54 holes of the Phoenix Open, he promised things would be different.
And they were _ he ran away and hid.
He came out firing away, showing no caution, playing aggressively, bombing his drives out 300 yards and more, constantly attacking.
"I just told myself to forget everybody else and just go out and play your game, be yourself," he said.