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Stadler ends drought, but not without playoff Tour Championship first title in 7 years

The frustration is over for Craig Stadler.

Without a PGA Tour victoru in seven seasons, Stadler ended the drought with a birdie on the second playoff hole yesterday to beat Russ Cochran in the season-ending Tour Championship.

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"You spend so much energy to accomplish something for so many years that when it happens, there's not even the element of emotion," said Stadler, 38.

Don't feel too sorry for the burly "Walrus." He won $360,000 yesterday to boost his 1991 earnings to $827,628, second to Corey Pavin. The victory also moved him past the $4 million earnings mark in his 16 years on the tour.

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Stadler and Cochran tied after 72 holes at 5-under-par 279 on the famed No. 2 course at Pinehurst. Each played the last round of the last official event of the season in par 71.

On the first playoff hole, each made a two-putt birdie-4. On the par-3 17th, Stadler flipped his club to his caddie with a gesture saying, "OK, match that, buddy," after hitting to about 8 feet of the flag.

Cochran had little chance, leaving his approach short of the green.

"I'm shellshocked more than anything," Stadler said. "It's been a long time. I've won a couple of foreign events, but that doesn't do it. To win again on this tour . . ."

Fred Couples, meanwhile, dropped behind Stadler into third on DTC the money-winning list, a spot he needed to keep to tie Pavin on the points list that determines the PGA's Player of the Year.

Craig Stadler, .. .. .. .. .. $360,000 .. .. .. 68-68-72-71279

Russ Cochran, .. .. .. .. .. .$216,000 .. .. .. 68-69-71-71279

John Daly, .. .. .. .. .. .. .$138,000 .. .. .. 68-76-68-70282

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Bruce Lietzke, .. .. .. .. .. .$96,000 .. .. .. 71-69-72-71283

Chip Beck, .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$71,000 .. .. .. 72-70-72-71285

Nolan Henke, .. .. .. .. .. .. $71,000 .. .. .. 69-70-74-72285

Jim Gallagher, .. .. .. .. .. .$71,000 .. .. .. 71-74-69-71285

Nick Price, .. .. .. .. .. .. .$71,000 .. .. .. 70-67-75-73285

Steve Elkington, .. .. .. .. . $60,000 .. .. .. 69-75-71-71286

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Corey Pavin, .. .. .. .. .. .. $54,000 .. .. .. 74-69-72-72287

Ian Baker-Finch, .. .. .. .. ..$54,000 .. .. .. 68-76-71-72287

Jeff Sluman, .. .. .. .. .. .. $54,000 .. .. .. 74-71-69-73287

Ted Schulz, .. .. ... .. .. .. $46,467 .. .. .. 70-71-75-72288

Jay Don Blake, .. .. . . .. .. $46,467 .. .. .. 69-72-74-73288

Billy Andrade, .. .. .. .. .. .$46,467 .. .. .. 73-74-68-73288

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D.A. Weibring, .. .. .. .. .. .$41,067 .. .. .. 71-73-74-71289

Mark O'Meara, .. .. .. .. .. . $41,067 .. .. .. 72-72-72-73289

Fred Couples, .. .. .. .. .. ..$41,067 .. .. .. 72-73-66-78289

Davis Love III, .. .. .. .. .. $38,800 .. .. .. 72-72-75-71290

Andrew Magee, .. .. .. .. .. ..$38,800 .. .. .. 74-72-70-74290

Scott Hoch, .. .. .. .. .. .. .$37,200 .. .. .. 69-75-76-71291

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Payne Stewart, .. .. .. .. .. .$37,200 .. .. .. 69-76-75-71291

Lanny Wadkins, .. .. .. .. .. .$36,000 .. .. .. 74-73-72-73292

Mark Brooks, .. .. .. .. .. .. $34,800 .. .. .. 78-72-71-72293

Paul Azinger, .. .. .. .. .. ..$34,800 .. .. .. 69-68-78-78293

Steve Pate, .. .. .. .. .. .. .$33,400 .. .. .. 75-74-71-74294

Rocco Mediate, .. .. .. .. .. .$33,400 .. .. .. 73-74-72-75294

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John Cook, .. .. .. .. .. .. . $32,800 .. .. .. 73-71-75-77296

Tom Purtzer, .. .. .. .. .. .. $32,400 .. .. .. 73-72-75-77297

Mike Hulbert, .. .. .. .. .. . $32,000 .. .. .. 75-75-73-79302


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