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By Los Angeles Times | August 14, 1995
LOS ANGELES -- How far behind is too far? Well, six shots on the final day of a major championship should be quite enough, but not for Steve Elkington, not yesterday, not at the tough Riviera Country Club, not in the PGA Championship.But by the time the late afternoon sun was filtering through the eucalyptus trees, there was Elkington hoisting the silver trophy as the newest and, let's be honest, most surprising PGA champion.Elkington, a 32-year-old Australian who lives in Houston, shot a closing-round 64, came from six shots down to pass Ernie Els, then birdied the first playoff hole to defeat hard-luck Colin Montgomerie of Scotland and claim the first major title of his nine-year career.
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By THOMAS BONK and THOMAS BONK,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 19, 2006
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Pat Perez hasn't won a tournament yet, but he has come close. What he has done is show an uncanny ability to melt down in titanic proportions, such as when he began the last round at Pebble Beach in 2002 with a four-shot lead and tried very hard to bury his 3-wood in the middle of the fairway right after he pumped a shot out of bounds. Then he triple-bogeyed the 18th hole. Last year at the Honda Classic, Perez blew up after missing a putt on the last day and chose to taunt his golf ball with an obscene gesture.
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By New York Times News Service | January 17, 1992
BERMUDA DUNES, Calif. -- Steve Elkington has never been accused of being the most ambitious player on the PGA Tour, but after winning the year's first event, he has decided to get greedy this week at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.Elkington, who won the Infiniti Tournament of Champions in a playoff with Brad Faxon on Sunday, shot a 6-under-par 66 at Indian Wells Country Club yesterday.That was good enough to put him at 11-under-par 133 after two rounds, the lowest score among yesterday's early finishers.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2005
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Playing major championships in this part of the country has always brought out the best in Phil Mickelson. Until yesterday, it was merely second best. After being the runner-up in the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black on Long Island and again at last year's U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, Mickelson won the weather-delayed 87th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. It was the second major victory of Mickelson's once star-crossed career, following last year's Masters, his fourth win this year and the 27th overall since he turned pro in 1992.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 31, 1997
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Steve Elkington has a pretty solid track record on Sundays, but he tossed and turned the night before he took a two-shot lead into the final round of The Players Championship."
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | March 8, 1999
MIAMI -- There is a reason the closing hole of the Blue Monster is so highly regarded. It chews up players and spits them out. The 18th hole -- rated the most difficult on the PGA Tour last year -- engulfs its conquerors with drama and demoralizes those who go down in defeat.Just ask Steve Elkington.He kicked a dent in the scorers' trailer yesterday after storming off the 18th green with a bogey that severely jeopardized his lead at the Doral-Ryder Open. Two hours later, after Ernie Els and Greg Kraft were added to the list of victims of the menacing finishing hole, Elkington was back, this time after notching his 10th career victory and earning a winner's check of $540,000.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1997
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- No one would like for The Players Championship to be recognized as a major more than Davis Love III.Love is tired of carrying around the tag as the best player never to have won a major, but there wouldn't be that hole in his resume if the Players -- and not the anticlimactic PGA -- were recognized as part of the Grand Slam."
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 28, 1997
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tom Lehman said that the first three months of 1997 have gone pretty much the way they did for him last year, which should sound an alarm for everyone else on the PGA Tour.Money-leader Mark O'Meara is averaging better than $100,000 per start. Last week, Phil Mickelson got his 10th tour win at age 26, and the only man to reach that milestone at a younger age was Jack Nicklaus. Mickelson, nonetheless, remains a distant second in the category of phenom to Tiger Woods.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 30, 1997
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- If the "X-Files" is looking for a scriptwriter, Scott Hoch is available.Hoch expounded on several conspiracy theories yesterday, as he explained his recent silence with the media. He was also full of birdies, shooting a 7-under 65 at The Players Course at Sawgrass to add some suspense to Steve Elkington's bid for his second win at the TPC.When Elkington birdied No. 11, he had a five-shot lead on Hoch, but the spread was shaved to two strokes by the end of the third round.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2005
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Playing major championships in this part of the country has always brought out the best in Phil Mickelson. Until yesterday, it was merely second best. After being the runner-up in the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black on Long Island and again at last year's U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, Mickelson won the weather-delayed 87th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. It was the second major victory of Mickelson's once star-crossed career, following last year's Masters, his fourth win this year and the 27th overall since he turned pro in 1992.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2005
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Phil Mickelson had to wait a dozen years to win his first major professional championship, at the 2004 Masters. Now he must wait another day to try to win his second. When the final round of the 87th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club was suspended last night because of rain and dangerous weather, Mickelson was at 4-under-par, one stroke ahead of 1995 PGA champion Steve Elkington of Australia and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark. When play resumes this morning, Mickelson will be looking at a short putt for par on the 14th hole.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 22, 2002
GULLANE, Scotland - He is called "The Big Easy" for the way he swings a golf club and the way he approaches life. After what happened yesterday at Muirfield in the final round of the 131st British Open, Ernie Els might need a new nickname to go along with his new trophy, the Claret Jug. Els won the Open in the hardest of ways - by nearly losing it. After a disastrous double bogey on the par-3 16th hole caused him to blow what had been a three-stroke lead...
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | March 8, 1999
MIAMI -- There is a reason the closing hole of the Blue Monster is so highly regarded. It chews up players and spits them out. The 18th hole -- rated the most difficult on the PGA Tour last year -- engulfs its conquerors with drama and demoralizes those who go down in defeat.Just ask Steve Elkington.He kicked a dent in the scorers' trailer yesterday after storming off the 18th green with a bogey that severely jeopardized his lead at the Doral-Ryder Open. Two hours later, after Ernie Els and Greg Kraft were added to the list of victims of the menacing finishing hole, Elkington was back, this time after notching his 10th career victory and earning a winner's check of $540,000.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 31, 1997
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Steve Elkington has a pretty solid track record on Sundays, but he tossed and turned the night before he took a two-shot lead into the final round of The Players Championship."
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 30, 1997
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- If the "X-Files" is looking for a scriptwriter, Scott Hoch is available.Hoch expounded on several conspiracy theories yesterday, as he explained his recent silence with the media. He was also full of birdies, shooting a 7-under 65 at The Players Course at Sawgrass to add some suspense to Steve Elkington's bid for his second win at the TPC.When Elkington birdied No. 11, he had a five-shot lead on Hoch, but the spread was shaved to two strokes by the end of the third round.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1997
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- No one would like for The Players Championship to be recognized as a major more than Davis Love III.Love is tired of carrying around the tag as the best player never to have won a major, but there wouldn't be that hole in his resume if the Players -- and not the anticlimactic PGA -- were recognized as part of the Grand Slam."
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March 7, 1992
MIAMI -- Ray Floyd shot a 5-under-par 67 yesterday to take a one-shot lead at 10-under 134 through 36 holes of the Doral Ryder Open.Fred Couples, who won the Nissan Los Angeles Open last week, and Keith Clearwater are tied at 135.Ben Crenshaw and Hale Irwin were another stroke back at 136. Crenshaw shot a 69 and Irwin, 46, a three-time U.S. Open winner, moved up with a 66.They were followed by Australian Steve Elkington, Howard Twitty, Jeff Sluman and...
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2005
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Phil Mickelson had to wait a dozen years to win his first major professional championship, at the 2004 Masters. Now he must wait another day to try to win his second. When the final round of the 87th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club was suspended last night because of rain and dangerous weather, Mickelson was at 4-under-par, one stroke ahead of 1995 PGA champion Steve Elkington of Australia and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark. When play resumes this morning, Mickelson will be looking at a short putt for par on the 14th hole.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 28, 1997
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tom Lehman said that the first three months of 1997 have gone pretty much the way they did for him last year, which should sound an alarm for everyone else on the PGA Tour.Money-leader Mark O'Meara is averaging better than $100,000 per start. Last week, Phil Mickelson got his 10th tour win at age 26, and the only man to reach that milestone at a younger age was Jack Nicklaus. Mickelson, nonetheless, remains a distant second in the category of phenom to Tiger Woods.
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By Los Angeles Times | August 14, 1995
LOS ANGELES -- How far behind is too far? Well, six shots on the final day of a major championship should be quite enough, but not for Steve Elkington, not yesterday, not at the tough Riviera Country Club, not in the PGA Championship.But by the time the late afternoon sun was filtering through the eucalyptus trees, there was Elkington hoisting the silver trophy as the newest and, let's be honest, most surprising PGA champion.Elkington, a 32-year-old Australian who lives in Houston, shot a closing-round 64, came from six shots down to pass Ernie Els, then birdied the first playoff hole to defeat hard-luck Colin Montgomerie of Scotland and claim the first major title of his nine-year career.
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