Archive for Monday, January 29, 2001

Calavecchia shatters record

Golfer finishes with lowest 72-hole score in PGA history

January 29, 2001

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— Before he had even hit a shot that counted in the Phoenix Open, Mark Calcavecchia shared a secret with his mother.

A simple swing adjustment had paid off.

"I just kind of looked at her and said, 'I've got it,"' Calcavecchia recalled.

Oh, did he ever. And four rounds later, Calcavecchia had something else a spot in the PGA Tour record book.

Calcavecchia wrapped up his romp in the Phoenix Open on Sunday by playing the final 28 holes 10 under to break a PGA Tour record for lowest 72-hole score that had stood for 46 years. Calcavecchia birdied four of the last five holes to finish at 256, one stroke better than Mike Souchak shot in the 1955 Texas Open.

"I've looked at that record before. But it never crossed my mind I could do something like that," Calcavecchia said.

Calcavecchia not only broke the 72-hole scoring record, he also broke the record for most birdies in 72 holes, tapping in a short putt on the 17th hole for his 32nd birdie of the tournament.

Calcavecchia finished off his suspended third round with a 64 Sunday morning, then came back with a 67 to win by eight shots over Rocco Mediate. It was his first win in nearly three years but the third time Calcavecchia has won on a TPC of Scottsdale course that is one of his favorites.

Tiger Woods finished with a 65 for the final round and tied for fifth, 15 shots back. It was the fifth straight tournament that Woods has failed to win, and he had his streak of 52 straight rounds of par or better snapped with a 73 in the second round.

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