Golf

May 27, 1991

FORT WORTH, TEXAS — Purtzer drives 'Texas wedge' into Colonial

Winner uses putter to cash in his chip

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tom Purtzer gave a whole new meaning to the golf term "Texas wedge" on the way to his three-shot victory yesterday in the Southwestern Bell Colonial.

Purtzer, 30, long noted as the possessor of one of the most-envied swings on the PGA Tour, set up the fourth victory of his 17-season career with a highly unorthodox stroke from near a bunker on the 13th hole.

It was a variation on the "Texas wedge," an expression coined for those Depression-era touring pros from Texas who grew up on hard, sun-scorched courses and frequently used the putter from well-off the green.

And it was also, Purtzer suggested, something approaching a minor miracle.

"I couldn't do that again if I threw 1,000 balls in there. I was just trying to get it out, and it was the only shot I had," he said.

His tee shot on the par-3 13th came to rest in an awkward position near the back of a bunker to the right rear of the green.

He couldn't get at it with a sand wedge. So Purtzer turned his Texas wedge into a sand iron.

He went to the putter, ran the ball through the sand and up the far side. It found a little ramp over the lip, went onto the green and plunged into the heart of the hole for a birdie-2.

It was the critical stroke in a round of 6-under-par 64 -- by two strokes the best of the day -- that enabled Purtzer to come from four strokes off the pace and move past 14 players.

Third-round leader Bob Lohr, Dave Edwards and Scott Hoch tied for second at 270.

Fred Funk of Laurel tied for fifth with Mark Calcavecchia and received $45,600.

8( Tom Purtzer, $216,000 70-66-67-64267 Scott Hoch, $89,600 67-67-70-66270 David Edwards, $89,600 66-68-68-68270

Bob Lohr, $89,600 68-68-63-71270 Mark Calcavecchia, $45,600 65-68-68-70271 Fred Funk, $45,600 65-68-68-70271 Ian Baker-Finch, $36,150 70-65-71-66272 Tom Watson, $36,150 68-66-69-69272

Wayne Grady, $36,150 68-67-67-70272 Stan Utley, $36,150 68-64-69-71272 Scott Simpson, $27,600 70-67-67-69273 Keith Clearwater, $27,600 68-64-69-72273 Jim Hallet, $27,600 66-72-64-71273 Chip Beck, $21,000 71-68-69-66274 Russ Cochran, $21,000 71-66-68-69274 Bobby Wadkins, $21,000 70-67-67-70274

Jeff Sluman, $21,000 68-66-68-72274 Bruce Lietzke, $15,648 66-69-70-70275

Doug Tewell, $15,648 70-70-65-70275 Mike Hulbert, $15,648 67-70-65-73275

Nolan Henke, $15,648 68-69-65-73275

Gene Sauers, $15,648 66-66-68-75275 Clark Dennis, $10,380 69-70-70-67276 Dan Pohl, $10,380 71-67-70-68276 Wayne Levi, $10,380 67-65-73-71276 Steve Elkington, $10,380 73-69-62-72276 Blaine McCallister, $10,380 68-69-68-71276

Chris Perry, $10,380 66-65-70-75276 Dan Forsman, $7,980 71-70-72-64277 Peter Persons, $7,980 65-70-72-70277

Ed Dougherty, $7,980 68-68-70-71277 Loren Roberts, $7,980 67-66-69-75277 Phil Blackmar, $6,206 69-72-71-66278 Bob Tway, $6,206 73-69-68-68278 Mike Reid, $6,206 69-72-68-69278 Dave Barr, $6,206 68-72-68-70278 Corey Pavin, $6,206 71-66-71-70278 Dan Halldorson, $6,206 67-69-71-71278 David Peoples, $6,206 70-65-69-74278 Curtis Strange, $4,800 70-70-67-72279 Buddy Gardner, $4,800 73-64-70-72279 Larry Mize, $4,800 67-68-71-73279 Steve Pate, $4,800 68-71-68-72279 Davis Love III, $3,628 71-69-70-70280 Duffy Waldorf, $3,628 68-71-71-70280

Robert Gamez, $3,628 70-68-71-71280 Jim Gallagher, $3,628 68-70-70-72280 John Huston, $3,628 69-72-66-73280 Brad Faxon, $3,628 69-68-70-73280 Kirk Triplett, $2,853 69-70-72-70281 Kenny Knox, $2,853 74-65-70-72281 Tom Kite, $2,853 69-71-69-72281 Ken Green, $2,853 69-70-70-72281 Rocco Mediate, $2,853 75-67-66-73281

Robert Wrenn, $2,853 72-67-69-73281 Billy Mayfair, $2,853 67-68-72-74281 Mark Lye, $2,652 66-75-73-68282 Billy Andrade, $2,652 70-72-71-69282 Lanny Wadkins, $2,652 70-69-73-70282 Nick Price, $2,652 72-69-67-74282 Dave Rummells, $2,652 72-67-69-74282 Brian Tennyson, $2,652 70-70-67-75282 Kenny Perry, $2,556 73-69-70-71283 Mike Smith, $2,556 70-71-70-72283 Jerry Pate, $2,484 71-71-74-68284 Tim Simpson, $2,484 71-71-74-68284 Ray Floyd, $2,484 69-69-74-72284 Mark Wiebe, $2,484 69-72-69-74284 Tom Byrum, $2,412 68-71-75-72286 John Mahaffey, $2,412 68-70-74-74286 Bob Wolcott, $2,376 73-69-71-74287 Joey Sindelar, $2,340 74-68-75-71288

Denis Watson, $2,340 70-72-71-75288 Tommy Armour III, $2,304 73-68-74-78293 Mike Donald, $2,280 69-73-76-77295 Mike Springer, 71-71-69-WD CORNING, N.Y. -- Betsy King shot a 6-under-par 66 to defeat Deb Richard by six shots.

King had six birdies and no bogeys in the final round to finish at 15-under 273 on the par-72, 6,070-yard Corning Country Club course. She won $60,000.

Richard, who had led by three shots going into the final round, had four birdies, three bogeys and two double bogeys for a 3-over-par 75, finishing at 9-under 279.

The title is the 24th in King's career but her first this year. She is the 14th different winner of 14 LPGA tournaments this year.

6& Betsy King, $60,000 69-73-65-66273

Deb Richard, $37,000 68-67-69-75279

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