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Golf Roundup : Norman Earns $1 Million for Year With Team's Victory in Dunhill Cup

September 29, 1986| From Times Wire Services

Greg Norman became the first golfer to win $1 million in a single season Sunday when he led Australia to victory in the final of the Dunhill Cup team tournament at St. Andrew's in Scotland.

The Australians successfully defended their trophy by defeating Japan, 3-0, and shared the top prize of $300,000, boosting Norman's personal earnings for 1986 to a staggering $1,008,000.

The final of the $1 million Dunhill Cup was hampered by a savage wind that sent scores soaring on the historic Old Course at St. Andrew's.

Rodger Davis kept his perfect record in the tournament in tact when he gave Australia a winning start with a 76-81 triumph over Jet Ozaki. David Graham then got the crucial point when Ozaki's brother, Joe, failed to escape from the bunker at the notoriously tough 17th road hole and lost the match by one shot, 81-82.

To complete the sweep, Norman came in with a commendable 73 to beat rival captain Tommy Nakajima by three strokes.

"It's a very special feeling to know you have achieved something that has never happened before," Norman said. "I have seven tournaments left this year so I guess I'll just keep it ticking over."

In the playoff for third place, the United States lost, 2-1, to Scotland.

Arnold Palmer's eagle on the 16th hole enabled him to win the $165,000 Union Mutual Seniors tournament at Cape Elizabeth, Me., his first tournament victory since June, 1985.

In earning the $38,000 first-place money, Palmer fired a 3-under par 68 on the final round to finish the 54-hole tournament with a 13-under-par 200.

He was three strokes better than Don January, who finished with a 10-under-par 203. In third place was Billy Casper at 207. Gary Player and Dale Douglass were tied for fourth at 208.

At Abilene, Tex., Mark Calcavecchia capped a comeback from the caddy ranks by shooting a final-round 71 to win the Southwest tournament by three strokes.

Calcavecchia, who lost his PGA Tour playing rights at the end of the 1985 season and made his first Tour appearance this year as a caddy for Ken Green, won with a 13-under-par total of 275 total on the Fairway Oaks Golf Club course.

The victory, worth $72,000 from the total purse of $400,000, pushed his earnings to $142,512 for the year.

Tom Byrum, a rookie playing on his 26th birthday, came from five strokes back, once had the lead alone and trailed by only one going to the final hole. But he missed the green and made bogey while Calcavecchia scored birdie. Byrum finished second with a 278 after a closing 69.

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