John Huston sets PGA record with 28-under markJohn Huston rewrote the PGA Tour record book in giving the final Hawaiian Open a fitting sendoff.
Huston shot a closing 66 Sunday to finish with a 28-under-par 260, breaking the 27-under mark set by Ben Hogan and matched by Mike Souchak.Huston needed a 62 to break the 257 Tour record for a 72-hole event, which was also set by Souchak at the Texas Open in 1955.
In placing an exclamation point on the final Hawaiian Open, which will be replaced on the Tour calendar by the Sony Classic in Hawaii in 1999, Huston had to roll in a three-foot putt on the 72nd hole to claim the mark.
With a huge smile on his face, Huston raised his arms after the putt dropped.
Tom Watson shot a 66 to finish second at 21-under 267 with Trevor Dodds in third.
Tied for fourth were Mike Reid, Brett Quigley and Frank Lickliter with R.W. Eaks, Steve Stricker, Olin Browne and Greg Kraft another stroke behind.
While the record was nice, the win also gave Huston a two-year exemption. Coming into 1998, he had to use his one-time Top 50 money winner list exemption to remain on the Tour.
A birdie at the first hole put Huston five strokes ahead of the field. By the turn at the 7,012-yard Waialae Country Club course, Huston was 25-under.
From that point, Huston's only opponent was the record book. The 23-under Hawaiian Open record was a given, so the focus switched to the all-time PGA Tour record of 27-under.
While most past winners relied on lowering their scores on the course's four par-5s, Huston picked up only eight strokes on the long holes. Instead, he birdied the 411-yard 14th hole all four days and the 427-yard eighth three times.
He also recorded seven birdies on the 12 par-3s.
The $324,000 winner's check raised Huston's 1998 winnings to almost $445,000. In four tournaments, he has won once and finished in ties for eighth and 10th, in addition to missing one cut.
The Sony Classic in Hawaii will be in the same early year position in 1999 and will follow the Mercedes Championships, which will be held at Kapalua's Plantation Course on the island of Maui.
LUTZ, Fla. - Two injury-filled seasons left Jim Albus wondering if he would ever see the winner's circle again. With a three-foot par putt on the 18th hole Sunday at the GTE Classic, Albus was back.
A final round 70 gave Albus a three-day total of 6-under par 207 and a one-shot victory in the Senior PGA Tour event over Jose Maria Canizares, Kermit Zarley and Simon Hobday.
"You wonder what's going to happen and you wonder about your golf condition," Albus said. "You can't help but question yourself. It makes this a little more special."
Second round leader Brian Barnes, who ended tied for ninth at 3-under, fell from contention with a final-round 75 that included three birdies, five bogeys and one double bogey.
Barnes' back-nine included three bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies.
Larry Nelson, Hugh Baiocchi, Vicente Fernandez and Raymond Floyd tied for fifth two shots back.
A fractured ankle had sidelined Albus from May until early July last year. He also missed two months following neck surgery in 1996.
The GTE Classic was his first tournament victory since the SBC Presents the Dominion Seniors three years ago. Albus, who also won the GTE in 1993, joined Bob Charles as the event's only multiple winners. It was his sixth career senior title.
The $165,000 winner's check pushed Albus past the $4 million mark with $4,049,318 in Senior Tour career earnings.
Facing windy conditions, Albus made par on the final four holes despite hitting two bunkers.
"The course played hard those last four holes," Albus said. "Most of the guys backed up a little bit and I was fortunate to squeeze some of mine in."
Canizares, who shot 71 in the final round, appeared poised to capture his first Senior title with a one-shot advantage with three holes left. He bogeyed 16 and double-bogeyed 17 to fall just short.
Defending champion David Graham wound up tied for 12th at 2-under, 211.
Arnold Palmer had a final round 76 and finished at 13-over, 226.
Other notables included Jim Colbert (212), Gary Player (213), Dave Stockton (213), Bob Charles (214), Lee Trevino (216), Gil Morgan (217) and Chi Chi Rodriguez (222).
Trevino fired Sunday's low score, a 6-under 65.
GLENDALE, Calif. - New clubs and an attitude adjustment have meant more enjoyment on the golf course for Dale Eggeling.
They've also meant success.
The 22-year LPGA veteran shot a 3-under-par 69 Sunday, then made a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Hiromi Kobayashi of Japan to win the rain-shortened Los Angeles Women's Championship.
Kobayashi, who lost the lead by bogeying four holes on the back side, forced the playoff by making a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to give her a second-round score of 74 and a 36-hole total of 141.
The pair played the 18th again, and Kobayashi hit her third shot into a greenside bunker. She left her approach shot short of the green, and her putt from the fringe didn't come close.
Eggeling, meanwhile, hit a sand wedge about 15 feet from the hole and sank the winner.