Woosnam defeats Hallet in playoff to win USF&G;
NEW ORLEANS -- Welshman Ian Woosnam defeated Jim Hallet on the second playoff hole to win his first American PGA title yesterday at the USF&G; Classic.
Woosnam, a relatively unknown quantity to the casual American golf fan but a bone fide world-class player, said the victory should help him toward his ultimate goal -- recognition as the best player in the game.
"They say you can't have recognition as the best until you win in America," he said.
Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, the first and second round leaders, never really got in the title hunt over the last 18 holes. Watson shot 68 and tied for eighth at 280. Nicklaus finished seven strokes off the pace at 71-282.
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PHOENIX -- Danielle Ammaccapane won for the first time in her four-year career, shooting a 4-under-par 69 to defeat Barb Bunkowsky and Meg Mallon by two strokes.
Tina Barrett of Baltimore closed with a 71 and finished in a five-way tie for fifth. She won $17,215, which boosted her year's earnings to $43,040, after seven events, a career single-season mark. Her previous totals were $39,776 two years ago, and $17,867 last year.
Vintage Invitational Seniors
INDIAN WELLS, Calif.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Chi Chi Rodriguez made a 15-foot birdie putt from just off the green on the final hole to win by a stroke and take over as the leading money-winner among PGA Seniors.
On the strength of a final-round 69, 3-under par at the 6,800-yard Vintage Country Club, Rodriguez collected $75,000 from a $500,000 purse to take the lead with earnings of $229,169. He passed Lee Trevino, a non-factor as the defending champion of the tournament.