That left the battle to Peete, Irwin and Weibring. After D.A. (Darn Awful) bogeyed 17 and 18 Saturday, they were tied at 208, eight-under, with Gary Hallberg and Dan Halldorson another two shots back.
Before going out to practice Sunday, Peete was in the locker room, and someone asked him if he ever had a special feeling, before a final round, that he was going to win a tournament.
"You get a feeling you're playing good enough to win, but then it's up to you," Peete said. "And I'm playing good, better than I've played in a long time."
"He acts like a hungry golfer," says Dolphus (Golf Ball) Hull, Peete's caddie for the last two years, explaining his man's talent. On the first hole, Peete served notice that he was going to chew up the course. He fired an eight-iron that stopped two feet from the cup. Birdie. On the par-5, 511-yard second, he hit the green with a pair of woods and two-putted for another birdie.
Irwin, meanwhile, was headed for the tall grass, swiping at the ground in disgust, upset because he could not find his swing. Weibring hung close for a while, but after three straight bogeys on the 5th, 6th and 7th holes, he was three back. He never truly threatened after that, even though he made four birdies. "I was trying to put the full-court press on him, but he went to the four corners," said Weibring. Peete, ever cool, made back-nine birdie putts of 25, five, six and four feet. Later he called his play "my best round ever."
It gave him his best win ever.