Tom Kite planned to take the kids to nearby Walt Disney World. It was an appropriate place to go, the continuation of a theme, because Kite would be the first to tell you it was a Mickey Mouse finish that produced his playoff victory over Davis Love III in the Nestle Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla.
"Mind-boggling. That's an unbelievable chain of events; the most shocking result of a golf tournament I've ever seen in my life," the 39-year-old Kite said.At one time or another over the final 18 holes:
- Love blew a two-shot lead, then Kite blew a two-shot lead.
- Love took a one-shot lead, and gave it back with a bogey on the next hole.
- Love had a chance to win with a bogey on the final hole - and couldn't do it. Then Kite had a chance to win with a bogey on the final hole - and couldn't do it.
It finally came to a close when Love three-putted for bogey on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff and let the stunned Kite escape with the 11th victory of his 18-year PGA Tour career.
Kite won this one with a closing round of par 71 and a 278 total, 6 under par. Love played the last round in 73.
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At Phoenix, Bruce Crampton overcame three straight bogeys on the back nine Sunday with birdies on the last two holes for a 3-under-par 68 and a one-stroke victory in the $300,000 Arizona Classic.