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In case you missed itand you surely didDavid Graham and Dave Stockton engaged in a 10-hole playoff on Sunday, the longest in Senior tour history, before Graham emerged the winner in the Royal Caribbean Classic in Key Biscayne, Fla. ESPN presented taped coverage of the event but understandably could show only highlights of the nearly two-hour overtime.
Graham brought about the playoff by birdieing the final three holes of regulation. He and Stockton played 18 again, and when both parred it, they began a 16-18 rotation. With a chance to win on the second playoff hole, Graham missed a four-foot birdie putt but then staved off defeat on the next hole by saving par from the same distance. Minutes later, back at 18, he appeared a sure winner when his approach stopped two feet from the pin, while Stockton was in the rough off the green. But Stockton chipped in, and on they went.
Darkness was fast approaching when the two came to the 18th hole for the fifth time. Again Graham knocked his approach stiff, and again Stockton was off the green, but this time he failed to chip in. Game, set and match.
Almost lost in the excitement was Lee Trevino's third-place finish. Life for Trevino the last couple of years has been an uphill par-7. He has won only once since 1995, in the Emerald Coast Classic 18 months ago. In Key Biscayne, he was in contention until the final four holes, but he failed to birdie the relatively easy par-5 15th, then bogied 16 when he missed a five-foot putt. He finished two strokes behind Graham and Stockton, but even so, he was elated.
"I haven't played this well in two years," Trevino said after shooting a second-round 65, the low score of the day. "It had gotten so bad I didn't know where the shots were going."
Trevino, who won 27 tournaments on the PGA Tour, has won 27 more as a Senior. Don't bet against his winning number 28 sometime soon.
Issue date: February 9, 1998
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