LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA., OCT. 18 -- Larry Nelson had seen the putt before.
"It was almost identical to the putt I had in the playoff at the PGA," Nelson said of today's eight-footer on the 72nd hole of the Walt Disney World Golf Classic.
"I tried to think the same thoughts, put the same stroke on it -- bring the club straight back and straight through," Nelson said.
He did. And the result was the same.
His six- to seven-foot putt in August beat Lanny Wadkins in the playoff for the PGA national championship.
His eight-footer for birdie today finished off a brilliant 9-under-par 63 to cap a six-shot comeback and provide Nelson with a one-stroke victory over Morris Hatalsky and Mark O'Meara.
"Maybe my best competitive round," said Nelson, who shot a 30 on the back nine.
"To shoot 63 when you have to do it, that's really something."
Nelson, 40, posted his 20-under-par total of 268 almost an hour ahead of the other contenders.
The victory was the ninth of Nelson's career and second this season.
World Match Play:
In Wentworth, England, Britain's Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam survived tense battles and advanced to the final in Wentworth, England.
Woosnam dashed Severiano Ballesteros' hopes of winning a record-tying fifth match play title when he held off the fast-finishing Spaniard over the closing holes and scored a 1-up victory in the semifinals.
In the other semifinal, Lyle needed three extra holes to defeat South African Mark McNulty. The final will be Monday, 24 hours later than scheduled, because of bad weather that disrupted the early rounds.
Al Geiberger, a senior tour rookie, birdied the second playoff hole to beat Jim Ferree and win the Hilton Head (S.C.) Seniors International at Harbour Town Golf Links.