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Faldo Retains Lead To Gain First Victory Since ‘96 Masters

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Nick Faldo, who hadn’t won a tournament since overtaking Greg Norman in the final round of the Masters last year, started in front and stayed there Sunday in Los Angeles to win the Nissan Open by three shots.

Faldo, a three-time champion of both the Masters and the British Open, shot a 3-under-par 68 at Riviera Country Club to finish at 12-under.

Defending champion Craig Stadler was second with a 70 that left him at 9-under.

Tiger Woods shot 69 to finish tied for 20th, nine strokes behind Faldo.

Australian rookie Richard Green sank a 12-foot putt to birdie the first playoff hole and capture the $1.1 million Dubai Classic in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, beating Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam in a playoff.

Karrie Webb’s bid to finally win a pro tournament in her Gold Coast, Australia, homeland crumbled in the final round, allowing Gail Graham to capture the $650,000 Australian Ladies Masters by one stroke.

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