|Mark Calcavecchia opened with a 75 -- and still won the PODS tournament. (CHRIS O'MEARA/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
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It's been wild week for Calcavecchia
Mark Calcavecchia has gone through his share of ups and downs, from winning a British Open to finishing countless rounds without a full set of clubs because some of them wound up at the bottom of ponds.
Never has he felt such a wild swing in one week.
Calcavecchia packed his bags Thursday night because he figured he'd miss the cut. Now he has to make room for an unlikely trophy from his one-shot victory yesterday in the PODS Championship.
He missed a 7-foot par putt on No. 18 in Palm Harbor, Fla. Moments later, he watched Heath Slocum's 4-foot par putt to force a playoff dip in and out of the cup.
"From where I was Thursday [opening-round 75], maybe it's just a fairy-tale week," Calcavecchia said. "This stuff doesn't happen to me -- from bottom to top in three days. I know things happen in a hurry in this game, but that's a record for me. From no chance, no hope, missed cut to victory. I'm just stunned."
So was Slocum. He recovered from a double bogey on the second hole and a four-hole deficit at the turn to play brilliantly on the back nine, only to three-putt the final hole from 25 feet.
"I had an opportunity. That's all I wanted," Slocum said. "I was hoping for a little better outcome."
Calcavecchia closed with a 1-under-par 70 for the 13th victory of his career, and one he never saw coming. His 75 in the first round was the highest by a PGA Tour winner in 10 years, dating to Jeff Sluman in Tucson in 1997.
Calcavecchia finished at 10-under 274, taking only 73 putts over the final three rounds.
Slocum (71) and John Senden (66) finished one shot behind.
Champions -- Jay Haas won for the first time this season on the Champions Tour, taking the
Haas, a four-time winner last year on the 50-and-over tour, closed with a 65 at Newport Beach (Calif.) Country Club to finish at 19-under 194.
"I felt every hole was a birdie hole," said Haas, who made 20 birdies in 54 holes and broke Hale Irwin's tournament record of 17 under set in 2002.
R.W. Eaks also shot a 6-under 65 in the final round and finished second at 17 under.
European/Asian -- China's Liang Wenchong won the Singapore Masters, beating Malaysia's Iain Steel on the first playoff hole.
Liang shot a 1-over 73 while Steel had a 71 to finish regulation at 11-under 277.
Liang parred the first playoff hole, and Steel was on his way to a double bogey after his tee shot landed in water and did not finish.
LPGA -- In Huixquilucan, Mexico, Stacy Prammanasudh shot a 2-under 70 in the second round to pull within a stroke of leader Meaghan Francella in the MasterCard Classic, the rain-plagued event set to finish today. Francella didn't play after shooting her second straight 68 Saturday to top the leaderboard at 8 under.
Play was delayed for 2 hours 15 minutes during the afternoon, then suspended for the day because of lighting.