Kuchar wins Honda Classic by two strokes

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2002

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Matt Kuchar could have done this years ago.

Kuchar, the 1997 U.S. Amateur champion who turned down millions in favor of graduating from Georgia Tech, earned his first PGA Tour victory Sunday.

The 23-year-old Kuchar shot a 6-under 66 in the final round of the Honda Classic and beat Brad Faxon (67) and Joey Sindelar (70) by two strokes.

Kuchar finished at 19-under 269 and earned $630,000 in his 17th event as a professional.

He had eight birdies and two bogeys in his final round. He made four consecutive birdies on the back nine to help him rally from a four-shot deficit to Sindelar, who made his first bogey in the tournament on the 71st hole.

Kuchar needed just 23 putts, including eight in the final eight holes, to get the victory.

Toshiba Seniors

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Hale Irwin shot a final-round 65 and set a tournament record with a 54-hole score of 196 in winning the Toshiba Senior Classic by five shots over Allen Doyle.

Irwin's 17-under total at the 6,584-yard, par-71 Newport Beach Country Club course was three strokes better than the previous record set by George Archer in 1995 -- the inaugural year of the tournament over the par-70 Mesa Verde CC course.

Irwin, who had rounds of 67 and 64 in the first two rounds, earned $225,000.

Doyle, who won this tournament two years ago and finished second in 1999, birdied the final hole to complete a round of 67 for a 201 total. He earned $132,000.

Dubai Desert Classic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Ernie Els shot a final-round 3-under 69 and won the Dubai Desert Classic by four shots for his second tournament title in two weeks.

Els finished at 16-under on the Emirates Golf Club course and beat Sweden's Niclas Fasth, who had a 2-under 70.

Els, who won in Dubai in 1994, won the Genuity Classic in Miami last week.

Jacob's Creek Open

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- Gavin Coles of Australia shot a par-72 to win the $500,000 Jacob's Creek Open, finishing two strokes ahead of American Bryce Molder.

The title was Coles' first on the Australasian PGA or Buy.Com tours after eight years as a pro. The tournament was sanctioned by both tours.

Coles was at 9-under 279 for four rounds. Molder, who closed with four consecutive bogeys, and a 73 and finished at 281. Peter Fowler of Australia shot a 73 for a 282.

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