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Former Masters champ Mize wins in Montreal



Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Former Masters champion Larry Mize fired an eight-under 64 on Sunday to win the Montreal Championship for his first title on the Champions Tour.

Mize, 51, is best known for holing a 140-foot chip shot to win the 1987 Masters in a playoff that also featured Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros.

He was a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, the final two coming in 1993, when he also earned a title on the European Tour. They were Mize's last victories until Sunday.

He finished 54 holes on the Fontainebleau course at 17-under 199, good for a one-shot win over second-round leader John Cook, who couldn't make a birdie on any of his last three holes to catch Mize.

Cook shot a 68 and took second place alone at 16-under 200, while U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin (67) shared third with Dan Forsman (65) at 14-under 202.

Mize made a long eagle putt at the 10th hole, slipped to a bogey at the 12th, but then made three consecutive birdies down the stretch for his first win at a PGA Tour-sanctioned event in 16 years, 10 months and 26 days.

"That's awesome," said Mize, who earned $270,000 for the victory. "It's hard to believe."

With the course in perfect shape for scoring, Mize said he knew it would take a 64 or 65 on Sunday to win. Especially with names like Cook and Pavin on the leaderboard. Further down were Fred Couples, Loren Roberts and Jay Haas -- all proven Champions Tour winners.

"I just tried to go out there and push myself," said Mize.

He made four birdies on the front nine, collecting the fourth at No. 9 with a good wedge shot to make the turn in just 32 shots.

Mize then hit driver and three-wood to reach the green at the par-five 10th in two shots, setting up his second eagle of the tournament.

"My caddie and I read the putt really well and it broke right and went back left into the hole," he said of the ensuing 40-foot putt.

An offline shot stayed out of the water at No. 12, but Mize still made a bogey from the rough for his only dropped shot of the day. But he went on to birdie the 14th, 15th and 16th holes before finishing with back-to-back pars to get into the clubhouse with the lead.

Cook finished two groups later, having made three consecutive pars at the end of his round to ensure Mize's victory.

"I couldn't be more pleased," said Mize. "I played really solid and, you know, I was fortunate to sneak this one out."

NOTES: Cook was chasing his fifth Champions Tour win...Couples, Roberts and Haas shared fifth place with Bob Gilder and D.A. Weibring...Mize's winning chip at the '87 Masters beat Norman. Ballesteros was knocked out of the playoff before that.

07/04 19:16:47 ET


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