Crenshaw Slams Door on No. 18 With Eagle Chip
Ben Crenshaw eagled the last hole with a startling 60-yard chip Wednesday to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, an exclusive event featuring the winners of the year’s four majors.
Crenshaw, struggling throughout the 36-hole tournament, was tied with Steve Elkington and Corey Pavin before the final hole when he delivering his winning shot on the Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course on the island of Kauai.
Even then, Elkington almost matched Crenshaw’s feat on the closing hole, with his third shot from a greenside bunker rolling within an inch of the cup.
Crenshaw, the Masters winner, never led until the final hole. He shot a four-under-par 68 for a two-round total of 140. Elkington, the PGA winner, and Pavin, the U.S. Open champion, finished at 141. British Open winner John Daly ended at 148.
Despite a late rush by Cameron Dollar and the Blue team, J.R. Henderson’s game-high 33 points led the White team to a 96-93 victory over the Blue in UCLA’s annual intrasquad game before 5,538 at Pauley Pavilion.
Kevin Dempsey scored 24 points for the Blue, which was also sparked by starting center contenders sophomore omm’A Givens (18 points, 16 rebounds, three blocked shots) and freshman Jelani McCoy (19 points on nine-of-10 shooting, 10 rebounds).
Forward Charles O’Bannon twisted his left ankle in the first half and did not return, but Coach Jim Harrick said the injury is not believed to be serious.
In a move coaches have sought since the Big East expanded to 13 teams, the conference has split into divisions, a decision that will only affect seeding for the men’s and women’s postseason tournaments. . . . NBA Commissioner David Stern has named Anaheim among 12 cities the league might consider for expansion by the year 2000.
Don King’s attorney told a jury that he was so upset he feared he might cry when a prosecutor charged that King’s testimony during his trial for insurance fraud was “full of lies.”
It was a lively climax to a six-week trial that had produced snores and yawns from spectators who watched prosecutors try to prove King faked a boxing contract to collect $350,000 in insurance money for a 1991 canceled fight.
Todd Martin was upset and three other seeded players--Thomas Enqvist, Arnaud Boetsch and Stefan Edberg--were extended to three sets before advancing in the Stockholm Open.
Third-seeded Mary Pierce and eighth-seeded Chanda Rubin lost in straight sets in the second round of the $800,000 Advanta Championships at Philadelphia.
Zina Garrison Jackson defeated Pierce, 6-3, 7-5, and qualifier Meredith McGrath ousted Rubin, 6-3, 6-1, to advance to a quarterfinal match against top-seeded Steffi Graf.
Tennis Australia President Geoff Pollard left for the United States to meet with WTA Tour players about a threatened boycott over Australian Open prize money.
World Cup champion Brazil defeated Argentina, 1-0, at Buenos Aires, in a game between South America’s two biggest soccer powers. Donizete scored in the 21st minute, taking a pass from Amaral and beating goalkeeper Rolando Cristante. . . . One racer was killed and three others seriously injured in two separate offshore powerboat racing accidents in the first of two heats of the Key West World Championship. Pepe Fereira was pronounced dead at the scene after his 33-foot catamaran race boat slammed into a wave at 80 m.p.h. . . . The Angels signed pitcher Julio Valera and catcher John Orton to minor league contracts.