CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — It was a one-year leap from caddy to champion for Mark Calcavecchia.
He had struggled through three full seasons of disappointment and frustration on the PGA Tour, then lost his playing rights due to lack of performance in 1985.
But then a week after Calcavecchia caddied for friend Ken Green in this tournament last year, he won his way into the field at the Doral Open, picked up a $13,000 check and was on his way.
He won a tournament--the Southwest--last year and then finished third in the first three events this year.
Sunday, Calcavecchia had a closing round of two-under par 70 to finish at nine-under 279 on Tournament Players Club at Eagle Trace. The victory was worth $108,000 from a purse of $600,000 and vaulted Calcavecchia into third place on the money-winning list with $235,025.