March 3, 1986 |
Japanese veteran Seichi Kanai sank a 20-foot putt for a birdie 3 on the final hole to win the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open golf championships Sunday. The 46-year-old Kanai, who had an ace on the fifth hole, closed with a one-under-par 70 at the 6,762-yard championship course at the Royal Hong Kong Golf Club for a four-round score of 285 in the $150,000 tournament. He finished a stroke ahead of Australian Ian Baker-Finch, who fired an even-par 71 on the final day.
October 19, 1987 |
Australian Ian Baker-Finch padded his lead with a 5-under-par 66 Sunday and scored a four-stroke victory in the $411,000 Polaroid Cup Golf Digest tournament. It was the 26-year-old Baker-Finch's first victory in Japan and eighth in his career. Baker-Finch, who started Sunday's final round one stroke ahead of Kazushige Kohno of Japan, shot five birdies on the 6,770-yard, par 71 Tomei Country Club course and finished with a 9-under-par 275. First place was worth $73,900.
November 7, 1986 |
Hal Sutton was among four players tied for first place at five-under-par 67 Thursday, although the United States lost to Australia, 7-5, in the opening round of the $900,000 Golf World Championships at Tokyo. Europe defeated Japan, 7-5, in the other match. Australia's Graham Marsh and Ian Baker-Finch and Japan's Koichi Suzuki also shot 67s to share the individual lead.
December 14, 1990 |
Nick Faldo shot a 9-under-par 62 today to take a three-stroke lead over Ronan Rafferty after the third round of the Johnnie Walker Classic. Faldo had a three-round total of 11-under 202 on the 6,732-yard Royal Hong Kong Golf Club course. He had seven birdies and an eagle on the 535-yard par-5 12th hole in the third round. Rafferty, the second-round leader, shot a 69 for a 205 total.
December 20, 1991 |
Bernhard Langer made a 55-foot putt for a birdie on the final hole Thursday, giving him the lead after one round of the World Championship. The putt finished off a four-under-par 67 at the Tryall Resort course and gave Langer a one-stroke advantage over Australians Craig Parry and Greg Norman. Paul Azinger and Frank Nobilo of New Zealand were next at 69 and tied for fourth in the field of 26 players chasing a total purse of $2.5 million and a $525,000 winner's share.
November 1, 1991 |
Just as in the PGA, John Daly was the last man in the field for the season-ending Tour Championship. Just as in the PGA, Daly turned that surprise appearance into a share of the lead. And, as he did in the upset victory in the PGA that made him a national sensation two months ago, Daly used his power as the key ingredient. He birdied all the par-five holes on the No. 2 course at Pinehurst en route to a three-under-par 68 Thursday in the new, $2-million event.
June 20, 1988 |
Masahiro Kuramoto carded an eagle on the final hole on his way to a 69 and a four-shot victory Sunday in the $560,000 Yomiuri Sapporo Open golf tournament. The victory, worth $100,800, was Kuramoto's second win in three weeks. Kuramoto started one shot behind Australian Ian Baker-Finch and caught up after 14 holes at 8-under-par. On the 431-yard, par-4 15th hole, he rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt. Baker-Finch drove into the rough missed a 17-foot putt to save par.
February 21, 1988 |
Dale Douglass overcame high winds and cold temperatures Saturday to shot a three-under-par 69 and keep his lead after two rounds of the $300,000 GTE Suncoast Seniors tournament at Tampa, Fla. Playing with 40 m.p.h. winds ripping across the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club course, only two other golfers besides Douglass had sub-70 rounds. Douglass, who shot a 67 Friday, was at 136, four shots ahead of Bob Brue, who had the day's best round, a 68.
February 20, 1988 |
Dale Douglass, who began his 1988 playing schedule in sickly fashion last week, birdied two of the final three holes Friday for a 67 that gave him a two-shot lead after the opening round of the $300,000 Suncoast Seniors tournament at Tampa, Fla. A field of 72 competed under sunny skies and tricky winds at the recently opened 6,631-yard Tampa Palms course, where water comes into play on 11 of 18 holes. Douglass shrugged off a bogey-5 at the seventh hole with six birdies to stand at 5-under-par.