Freeport McMoran Classic

April 06, 1992

NEW ORLEANS -- Chip Beck blasted out of a bunker on the 18th hole and made a 6-foot putt to win by one stroke over Greg Norman and Mike Standly.

Beck blew a three-stroke lead with a round of 74 on Saturday and went into yesterday's final 18 holes trailing Jeff Maggert by two shots. But Maggert carded a seven-bogey 75, slipping to a tie for fourth in the $1 million tournament.

Norman shared the lead briefly after five holes, then bogeyed the sixth and fell five strokes behind after Beck's eagle on No. 11.

Beck bogeyed the 13th hole, and Norman birdied 12, 13 and 16 to pull to a stroke down with two holes to go.

"I was just hoping he'd run out of holes," Beck said of Norman. "I knew he was going to run out before I did, and I knew what he was capable of doing.

"I know what a great champion he is, what a great competitor he is. He really pushed me. He really made me work."

Norman said he was ready to play overtime if Beck had stumbled.

"I'd have liked to have had the playoff, but Chip obviously got it up and down on the last hole," Norman said.

"I learned a lot, and I earned a lot," Standly said.

Since turning professional in 1986 he had earned $89,000 before yesterday. His best previous finish was a tie for 16th at Tucson in February.

Beck also won the championship at New Orleans in 1988. The tournament moved to English Turn a year later.

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