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Golf Roundup : Lohr Beats Beck on 5th Extra Hole for First Win

From Times Wire Services

Bob Lohr, who birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff, won his first PGA Tour title by sinking a 5-foot par putt on the fifth extra hole Saturday to beat Chip Beck in the $700,000 Walt Disney World tournament at Lake Buena Vista, Fla..

Beck 3-putted the final hole, missing an 8-footer for par before Lohr dropped his putt. The playoff was the 13th and longest on the Tour this year and the first ever for Beck or Lohr.

The 2-shot swing on the 18th allowed Lohr to tie Beck, who shot a 66 to complete 72 holes at 25-under-par 263. Lohr put his approach shot on No. 18 within 3 feet of the cup and sank the birdie putt to finish a round of 68.

Beck and Lohr set a record for the Disney and came within 2 strokes of the 43-year-old Tour record for most shots under par in a 72-hole event. Ben Hogan set the record in the 1945 Portland Invitational, and Mike Souchak tied it in the 1955 Texas Open.

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Beck and Lohr each birdied the first playoff hole, the par-4 16th of the Magnolia course, one of three courses used in this event. Lohr made a 15-foot putt from the edge of the green, and Beck then dropped a 12-footer.

After parring the next two holes, they returned to No. 16, where Beck made a 15-footer for a birdie and Lohr dropped a 12-foot birdie putt to stay alive.

Bruce Lietzke and Fuzzy Zoeller tied for third at 269, 19 shots under and 6 off the pace. Lietzke shot a final-round 68, and Zoeller had a 70.

Lohr, a 4-year veteran, won $126,000 and became the season’s 11th first-time winner on the PGA Tour. He has finished second twice.

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Beck won $75,600 to move into the lead on the money-winning list with $770,258.

Larry Mowry shot a 7-under-par 65 to gain a tie with Bob Charles for the second-round lead in the $250,000 Las Vegas Senior tournament.

Mowry, who began a shot behind first-round leader Charles, stood at 11-under 133 through 36 holes on the 7,111-yard Desert Inn Country Club course.

Two shots behind the co-leaders were Orville Moody and Dave Hill, who both shot identical 68-68--136. Bobby Nichols fired a 69 to come in at 137. Arnold Palmer, Joe Jimenez and Walt Zembriski were at 138.

Palmer, who started the day at even-par, began his round with a bogey but registered seven birdies en route to a 66.

Sandy Lyle of Scotland shot a 75, and Severiano Ballesteros had a 74 in the swirling winds and on the lightning-fast greens of the Valderrama Golf Club course, but the pair still held a 2-stroke lead over Nick Faldo of England after three rounds of the $963,000 Volvo Masters tournament at Sotogrande, Spain.

Lyle, U.S. Masters winner, and Ballesteros, British Open champion--the two leading money winners in the world--were the only two in the field to remain under par with 54-hole totals of 214, 2-under par.

Faldo, who ranks fifth in world-wide earnings, put a sand wedge 7 feet from the pin on the first hole for a birdie. He then proceeded to par the rest of the round in his usual steady fashion to finish with a 1-under-par 71 and a 3-round total of 216. England’s Roger Champman was fourth at 218 after a 70, and 5 players were tied at 219.

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