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PGA Tour Article

Ford Championship at Doral

Parry Eagles Playoff to win Supercar


Craig Parry. Photo - Getty images

Australia's Craig Parry pulled off the most remarkable second shot from the 18th fairway in the first, and only, playoff hole against Scott Verplank after they finished level at 17 under par in the Ford Championship at Doral this weekend. Parry's iron shot from 176 yards out landed on the front of the green but it wasn't until the roar went up from the crowd that he knew it was in the hole and victory was his.
Verplank had played a wayward tee shot into a tree on the right of the fairway but had recovered well to leave his ball on the back of the green for two. He watched as his opponent's ball rolled into the hole and went right over to congratulate him. Apart from the $900,000 first prize, Parry also won a $140,000 Ford GT supercar which starts a 2-year limited production run this summer.


Verplank congratulates Parry on fairway
Photo - Getty Images


Retief Goosen. Photo - Getty Images

Verplank had played his own spectacular shot on the 17th hole of normal play when he struck his ball 155 yards from a fairway bunker to within two feet of the pin, then holed out to draw level going to the last. Close on the heels of the leading pair throughout the final day was South African, Retief Goosen who carded a 66 and missed the playoff by just one shot.
Joe Durant started the week well with a 66 which put him in second place on day one and he shot a 68 on Sunday to finish in fourth place with a 15-under par total of 273. Bernhard Langer of Germany recovered from a first day 75 with scores of 68, 66 and 65 to finish tied for fifth place with K.J. Choi, David Toms and Gene Sauers.


Joe Durant. Photo - Getty Images

 

 

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