Calvin Peete shot five birdies en route to his second consecutive four-under-par 68 yesterday to win the ninth annual Lee Elder Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament at Langston.
Peete, who won the Milwaukee Open in July, was coming off a three-week layoff.
"I missed the cut at the Hartford Open and was tired afterward," said Peete, who plays out of the Belle Glade (Fla.) Country Club. "With only a total of two weeks rest since early in the tour, I figured it was time to take it easy."
The rest did Peete good. He had 11 birdies, and only three bogeys in 36 holes. He took command yesterday when he shot a 33 on the par-36 front nine to quickly make up a one-shot deficit to Mike Knott of Montclair, Md., the first-day leader with 67.
Knott, who finished the day with a 75 for third place, shot himself out of contention with a 39 on the second nine, after beginning the round at the 10th hole.
Bill Bishop, pro at the Freeway Country Club in Sicklerville, N.J., finished second, duplicated his first-round 69.
Peete is known for his short game, but yesterday he credited his drives for the victory, worth $2,000.
"I may have hit two bad tee shots all day," he said. His chips set up mostly short putts.
"The greens weren't rolling as smoothly as they did yesterday (Saturday)," Peete said. "I couldn't charge with my approach shots. You never knew when the green was going to hold. If you hit it over the green, it was hard to make par."
Bishop, who missed two five-foot putts for two of his three bogeys, agreed with Peete on the condition of the greens. He added that a lack of loose sand in the traps made wedge shots nearly impossible. Bishop, who said he had played Langston at least 50 times, had 11 birdies for 36 holes.
The three-day charity event winds up today with a 10 a.m. trick shot exhibition, followed by an exhibition match between touring pros Elder, Ron Cerrudo, Bruce Devlin, Peete and Mac McLendon.