Faxon wins Buick Open for first titleDefeats Beck on 1st...

GOLF

August 05, 1991

Faxon wins Buick Open for first title

Defeats Beck on 1st playoff hole

GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Brad Faxon ended seven years of struggle yesterday, beating defending champion Chip Beck in a playoff at the Buick Open for his first PGA Tour victory.

Faxon is the 10th first-time winner this year and the fifth straight. It was the 12th overtime in golf this season, including the 18-hole playoff at the U.S. Open.

Winning the Buick Open has been bad news for the five previous champions. None of them has won a PGA Tour event since.

That drought has reached four years for Robert Wrenn. Scott Verplank and Leonard Thompson have been blanked since their success in 1988 and 1989, and Beck hasn't won since his victory in 1990.

Since 1982, only 10 players have defended their titles in any PGA Tour event.

The late Tony Lema, who won in 1964 and 1965, is the only man to repeat as Buick Open champion.

Faxon and Beck both finished at 17-under 271 after 72 holes at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club.

The playoff began on the 10th hole, a 401-yard par-4.

Beck's 8-iron approach landed on the far left side of the green, 60 feet from the pin. His first putt stopped 6 feet from the cup and his attempt to save par slid 2 feet past the hole.

Faxon hit a 9-iron from the rough to the center of the green, two-putted from about 25 feet, and thrust his arms to the sky in celebration.

Faxon turned 31 Thursday, the day the tournament began. In 19 previous starts this season, he had finished in the top 10 just twice. He was 73rd on the money list at $154,791 but added $180,000 to that with the winner's check from Buick.

x-won on the first hole of sudden-death playoff

Brad Faxon, $180,000 66-68-71-66271 Chip Beck, $108,000 67-67-68-69271 John Cook, $52,000 68-73-66-65272 Steve Pate, $52,000 68-69-69-66272 Scott Hoch, $52,000 63-70-72-67272

Gene Sauers, $32,375 67-68-69-69273 Hal Sutton, $32,375 69-69-66-69273 Howard Twitty, $32,375 71-66-66-70273 Nick Faldo, $32,375 68-69-65-71273

Wayne Grady, $23,000 68-66-71-69274

Tim Simpson, $23,000 72-68-64-70274

Greg Norman, $23,000 67-65-71-71274 Bill Britton, $23,000 69-69-65-71274 Marco Dawson, $23,000 66-70-64-74274 Jay Don Blake, $17,000 74-67-65-69275 Duffy Waldorf, $17,000 69-68-68-70275 Lee Janzen, $17,000 71-65-68-71275 Ed Fiori, $14,500 69-70-70-67276 Lanny Wadkins, $14,500 69-69-67-71276

Jc Anderson, $11,650 70-69-70-68277 David Edwards, $11,650 68-68-71-70277

Jay Delsing, $11,650 68-69-69-71277

Brad Bryant, $11,650 73-66-66-72277 Kenny Knox, $8,525 69-66-72-71278 Dicky Thompson, $8,525 70-70-68-70278 Barry Jaeckel, $8,525 67-69-71-71278 Gil Morgan, $8,525 69-66-71-72278 Ken Green, $6,650 72-67-71-69279 Mark McCumber, $6,650 70-71-69-69279 Bobby Clampett, $6,650 70-70-68-71279 Mike Sullivan, $6,650 70-70-68-71279 Billy Andrade, $6,650 72-66-69-72279

Bryan Norton, $6,650 70-70-65-74279 Jim Thorpe, $5,160 69-71-73-67280 Don Pooley, $5,160 69-72-70-69280

Steve Lowery, $5,160 68-69-73-70280 Brett Upper, $5,160 72-68-70-70280

Andrew Magee, $5,160 69-66-72-73280 Jim Benepe, $3,700 69-71-74-67281 Scott Gump, $3,700 70-68-75-68281

Fulton Allem, $3,700 67-74-70-70281

David Canipe, $3,700 70-71-70-70281

Ben Crenshaw, $3,700 68-68-74-71281 Tommy Moore, $3,700 67-70-73-71281 Mike Smith, $3,700 69-71-70-71281 Dave Sutherland, $3,700 67-71-71-72281 Brian Watts, $3,700 70-67-72-72281 John Mahaffey, $2,580 71-69-71-71282 John Inman, $2,580 70-68-72-72282

Mike Standly, $2,580 68-70-71-73282 Dan Pohl, $2,580 75-65-69-73282 Mike Donald, $2,360 70-69-74-70283 Clark Burroughs, $2,360 69-72-71-71283 Tom Byrum, $2,360 71-68-72-72283 Brian Claar, $2,250 71-70-73-70284 Mark Hayes, $2,250 72-68-73-71284 Brian Kamm, $2,250 69-72-72-71284 Richard Zokol, $2,250 70-70-73-71284 Bill Sander, $2,250 67-71-72-74284 Billy Mayfair, $2,250 69-70-71-74284 Bobby Wadkins, $2,150 72-68-75-70285 Charles Bowles, $2,150 75-66-73-71285 Mike Springer, $2,150 70-68-74-73285 Jim Hallet, $2,150 70-71-69-75285

Mark Lye, $2,090 70-71-74-71286 Greg Twiggs, $2,090 67-72-74-73286 Brad Fabel, $2,050 68-70-73-76287

Sam Randolph, $2,050 68-71-71-77287 D.A. Weibring, $1,990 70-70-75-73288

Jeff Maggert, $1,990 70-71-76-71288 Greg Bruckner, $1,990 71-68-75-74288

Perry Arthur, $1,990 73-68-73-74288

Robert Gamez, $1,940 70-71-69-79289 Leonard Thompson, $1,920 70-67-75-79291

LPGA Phar-Mor

VIENNA, Ohio -- Deb Richard made a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, from virtually the same spot she missed a potential winning putt moments before, to beat Jane Geddes.

x-won on the first hole of sudden-death playoff

Deb Richard, $75,000 70-69-68207 Jane Geddes, $46,250 69-70-68207 Tammie Green, $33,750 71-68-69208

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