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November 1, 1991 | Associated Press
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 | Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Services
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 | From Times Wire Services
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.
November 3, 1989 | From Associated Press
Curtis Strange had the day's best score, but the U.S. and European teams finished tied with six points apiece Thursday in the $1.03-million Four Tours World Championship of Golf at Inagi, Japan. Strange scored a pair of eagles and three birdies for a bogey-free 65 and beat Mark James of the European Tour, who had a 71. A victory is worth two points and a draw worth one in the team competition among four golf Tours from the United States, Europe, Australia-New Zealand and Japan.
November 4, 1989 | From Associated Press
The United States, led by Mark Calcavecchia, routed Australia and New Zealand, 10-2, Friday in the Four Tours World Championship of Golf at Inagi, Japan. The Europeans defeated Japan, 9-3, in the round-robin tournament played on the 7,071-yard Tokyo Yomiuri Country Club course. After two rounds, the United States leads with 16 points, one ahead of Europe. Australia-New Zealand is third with 10 and Japan is fourth with seven.
November 7, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
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.
July 20, 1990 | JIM MURRAY
How fitting! The British Open, the Queen's Own, has a guy with a hyphen in his name among the leaders. A colonial, if you please, but his roots go back to Mother England. Ian bloody Baker-Finch, thank you! Hyphens are as British as the Tower of London or Ann Boleyn's head, and even though Ian Baker-Finch is Australian--well, the sun never sets on the British hyphen. Baker-Finch has this nice aristocratic ring to it.
December 31, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
In the decade since "Muriel's Wedding," Australia's Toni Collette has emerged as one of cinema's most beguiling and versatile actresses. Her latest picture, "Japanese Story," a compelling and edgy love story with a twist, offers her a gutsy all-stops-out role worthy of Barbara Stanwyck, and she makes the absolute most of it in one of the year's best screen performances. This stunning film should put its director, Sue Brooks, and writer, Alison Tilson, on the map. With cropped blond hair, Collette's tanned and lean Sandy Edwards is a dynamic take-charge type, a geologist partnered in a Perth, Australia, firm that designs software for the mining industry with Matthew Dyktynski's more laid-back Bill Baird.
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