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Remaining calm despite the swirling wind and a tense duel for the lead, Pat Perez finally got his first PGA Tour victory – with a lot of help from Steve Stricker. Perez won the Bob Hope Classic at LaQuinta, Calif., on Sunday, taking advantage of Stricker’s collapse and holding off John Merrick by three strokes. The winner shot a 3-under 69 for a 33-under 327 total in the five-day event.
1, Tiger Woods…$3,008,391 2, Vijay Singh…$2,884,400
The words are stitched into the back pocket of his pants: "Grip it and rip it." On Saturday, John Daly put a new spin on that: Grip it and throw it - his driver, that is. Daly, looking to salvage a bad day on the 12th tee at Winged Foot Golf Club in the PGA Championship, bombed his drive over the trees and into the 17th fairway. Turning away in disgust, Daly hurled his Callaway "Biggest Big Bertha" over an out-of-bounds fence and into the woods.
As much as Tom Kite wants people not to think of the PGA Championship in Mamaroneck, N.Y., as qualifying school for the Ryder Cup, that's exactly what it is for about two dozen Americans at Winged Foot this week. In addition to being the last major championship of the year, the 79th PGA is also the last tournament in which players can earn their way onto the U.S. team that will play Europe in Spain this September. When the last putt falls Sunday night, Kite will know the names of the 10 players who have qualified for the Ryder Cup. Monday morning the American captain will announce the names of his two wild-card picks.
For a while Sunday, it was like old times. Everything had an oddly familiar appearance. It was the last day of a major championship and Tom Watson was making a charge. He began the last day eight shots behind the leader, but then birdied six of the first 10 holes and got within two shots of the lead in the only major championship he never has won.
Contrary to popular belief, Phil Mickelson knows how to have fun. Photo by Associated Press