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Golf Roundup : Forsman Is Winner by Stroke

March 17, 1986| From Times Wire Services

Dan Forsman was going up against an image when he went up against Ray Floyd.

Forsman, who remembered watching Floyd score come-from-behind victories on television, turned in a bogey-free 36-hole performance Sunday to escape with a one-stroke victory in the Hertz Bay Hill tournament at Orlando, Fla.

"I was in tough company today with Ray Floyd--I kept thinking about all the times I've seem him get it going and giving it that motion," Forsman said, clenching his right fist and driving it forward.

"He's a tough competitor. And he's really intense when it gets down to match play, and that's what it was. It was a great thrill just playing with him, let alone beating him."

Floyd might say his usually reliable putting denied him his 20th career victory. He missed birdie putts on six consecutive holes, including a pair from about eight feet.

Forsman, 27, gained the second victory of his four-year PGA Tour career with consecutive rounds of 67 in the 36-hole windup of the Bay Hill, which was shortened to 54 holes by two days of rain. Forsman finished with a three-round total of 202, 11 shots under par.

The victory was worth $90,000, lifting his 1986 earnings to $125,526.

Floyd had rounds of 69 and 66 and tied for second at 203 with tour sophomore Mike Hulbert, who had rounds of 69 and 64, making nine birdies in the afternoon.

Wayne Levi, within one shot most of the day, had scores of 67, 67 and finished two out at 204. Curtis Strange had rounds of 70 and 65, and finished with a 50-foot birdie putt to tie at 205 with Dan Pohl. Pohl shot 70-67.

Masters champion Bernhard Langer of West Germany, Mark Wiebe and Corey Pavin were next at 206. Langer had closing rounds of 66-68, Wiebe 70-66 and Pavin 70-67.

Charles Owens tapped in a three-foot putt for a par on the second playoff hole to beat Dale Douglass by a stroke and win the $200,000 Senior PGA Tour Roundup at Sun City West, Ariz.

Owens, 56, and Douglass, 50, were tied at the end of regulation with three-day totals of 14-under-par 202.

Douglass, who led Owens by one stroke after two rounds had a final round of four-under-par 68, but Owens caught him with a 67.

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