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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

Dottie Mochrie, $23,750 69-70-70209 Danielle Ammaccapane, $23,750 66-72-71209 Juli Inkster, $17,500 70-65-75210 Vicki Fergon, $13,166 69-74-68211 Shirley Furlong, $13,166 68-75-68211 Cindy Figg-Currier, $13,166 69-71-71211 Pamela Wright, $9,250 67-76-69212 Kathy Postlewait, $9,250 73-68-71212 Dawn Coe, $9,250 71-70-71212 Pat Bradley, $9,250 69-69-74212 Beth Daniel, $6,750 73-73-67213 Rosie Jones, $6,750 73-70-70213 Elaine Crosby, $6,750 72-70-71213 Martha Nause, $6,750 73-68-72213 Colleen Walker, $6,750 71-70-72213 Gail Graham, $6,750 70-71-72213 Ellie Gibson, $4,919 74-72-68214

Michelle Estill, $4,919 73-73-68214 Kim Shipman, $4,919 74-70-70214 Nina Foust, $4,919 71-71-72214 Marta Figueras-Dotti, $4,919 68-74-72214 Alice Miller, $4,919 71-70-73214

Missie McGeorge, $4,919 71-69-74214 Peggy Kirsch, $4,919 67-73-74214 Dale Eggeling, $4,919 73-66-75214 Amy Benz, $3,881 72-73-70215 Deedee Lasker, $3,881 72-71-72215 Patty Sheehan, $3,881 71-72-72215 Sherri Steinhauer, $3,881 71-70-74215 Carolyn Hill, $2,931 72-74-70216 Susan Sanders, $2,931 72-73-71216 Maggie Will, $2,931 70-75-71216 Sue Thomas, $2,931 73-71-72216 Nancy White, $2,931 73-71-72216 Meg Mallon, $2,931 71-73-72216 Tani Tatum, $2,931 70-74-72216 Amy Alcott, $2,931 70-74-72216 Katie Peterson, $2,931 69-75-72216 Melissa McNamara, $2,931 72-70-74216 Sally Little, $2,931 72-68-76216 Donna White, $1,650 74-72-71217 Hollis Stacy, $1,650 73-73-71217 Val Skinner, $1,650 72-74-71217 Deborah McHaffie, $1,650 76-69-72217 Brandie Burton, $1,650 75-70-72217 Marci Bozarth, $1,650 73-72-72217 Judy Dickinson, $1,650 73-72-72217 Joan Delk, $1,650 71-74-72217 Joan Pitcock, $1,650 70-75-72217 Betsy King, $1,650 72-72-73217 Kay Cockerill, $1,650 71-73-73217 Nancy Harvey, $1,650 69-75-73217 Alice Ritzman, $1,650 71-71-75217 Barb Thomas, $1,650 70-71-76217 Barb Bunkowsky, $882 75-71-72218 Debbie Massey, $882 74-72-72218 Myra Blackwelder, $882 71-75-72218 Janice Gibson, $882 71-74-73218 Jody Anschutz, $882 74-70-74218

Cindy Scholefield, $882 73-71-74218 Sandra Palmer, $882 72-72-74218 Chris Johnson, $650 70-76-73219 Hiromi Kobayashi, $650 74-70-75219 Nancy Scranton, $650 74-70-75219 Jane Crafter, $650 74-70-75219 Barb Mucha, $650 72-71-76219 Caroline Keggi, $650 72-71-76219 Karen Davies, $650 72-70-77219 Kate Rogerson, $543 73-73-74220 Karin Mundinger, $543 74-71-75220 Sandra Spuzich, $518 73-73-75221 Stephanie Maynor, $518 78-67-76221 Cheryl Stacy, $502 77-69-77223 Jayne Thobois, $492 71-72-81224

Senior Northville Long Island

JERICHO, N.Y. -- Defending champion George Archer held off Jim Colbert and Larry Laoretti to retain his title.

1#George Archer, $67,500 68-67-69204 Jim Colbert, $35,750 67-71-68206

Larry Laoretti, $35,750 67-68-71206 Bob Charles, $27,000 68-70-69207 Bob Brue, $19,750 69-72-67208 Jim Dent, $19,750 68-70-70208 John Brodie, $14,275 73-69-67209 Gary Player, $14,275 68-72-69209 J.C.Snead, $14,275 69-69-71209 Lee Trevino, $10,319 78-66-66210

Rocky Thompson, $10,319 72-67-71210 Charles Coody, $10,319 70-69-71210 Dick Hendrickson, $10,319 70-68-72210 Mike Joyce, $7,851 68-73-70211 Gene Littler, $7,851 71-70-70211 Miller Barber, $7,851 68-71-72211 Jim O'Hern, $7,851 70-70-71211 Jack Kiefer, $6,460 72-70-70212 Chi Chi Rodriguez, $6,460 70-71-71212 Gary Cowan, $6,460 69-70-73212 Butch Baird, $5,585 74-70-69213 Dale Douglass, $5,585 69-72-72213 Dan Morgan, $4,755 75-71-68214 Dave Hill, $4,755 73-71-70214 Babe Hiskey, $4,755 71-72-71214 Deray Simon, $4,755 70-73-71214 Paul Moran, $4,755 72-71-71214 Al Kelley, $3,589 70-77-68215 John Paul Cain, $3,589 73-72-70215 Joe Jimenez, $3,589 73-72-70215 Dewitt Weaver, $3,589 72-72-71215 Homero Blancas, $3,589 67-76-72215 Dick Rhyan, $3,589 72-71-72215 Billy Casper, $3,589 71-71-73215

Charlie Sifford, $2,720 71-77-68216 Don Massengale, $2,720 71-73-72216 Larry Ziegler, $2,720 71-70-75216 Bert Yancey, $2,379 74-74-69217 Fred Hawkins, $2,379 72-74-71217 Dudley Wysong, $2,379 72-72-73217 Ken Still, $2,379 70-73-74217 Tom Joyce, $1,929 76-73-69218 Agim Bardha, $1,929 77-71-70218 Jimmy Powell, $1,929 76-70-72218 Jerry Barber, $1,929 73-73-72218 Jim Albus, $1,929 70-74-74218 Jack Fleck, $1,929 74-70-74218 Simon Hobday, $1,570 75-72-72219 Bob Erickson, $1,570 73-73-73219 Tom Shaw, $1,410 73-75-72220 Orville Moody, $1,410 78-68-74220 Jesus Rodriguez, $668 73-75-73221 Bob Goalby, $668 75-73-73221 Rives Mcbee, $668 76-72-73221 Tommy Aaron, $668 71-74-76221 Lloyd Moody, $668 77-69-75221 Gay Brewer, $500 77-75-70222 Bob Betley, $500 74-75-73222 Ben Smith, $500 77-73-72222 Frank Beard, $500 68-78-76222 Bob Rawlins, $500 73-73-76222 Snell Lancaster, $500 77-78-69224 Bobby Nichols, $500 77-75-72224 Richard Crawford, $500 76-75-73224 Billy Maxwell, $500 77-76-72225 Harold Henning, $500 73-75-77225 Walter Zembriski, $500 75-72-78225 Dick Howell, $500 75-77-74226 Jim Ferree, $500 78-75-73226 Bruce Crampton, $500 76-76-74226 Chuck Workman, $500 75-76-75226 Bill Collins, $500 74-78-75227 Mike Fetchick, $500 81-73-75229 Howie Johnson, $500 74-81-76231 Bob Verwey, $500 81-76-75232 Doug Ford, $500 78-80-76234 Larry Mowry 70-72-WD Charles Owens 72-78-WD

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