Kenny Knox, born and raised in Columbus, Ga., knocked in a 15-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat Jim Hallet and win the Southern Open yesterday in that city.

"Somehow I knew I was going to win the golf tournament," Knox said. "I didn't know how, but I knew I would. I never wanted anything worse."

Hallet missed a 20-foot try for a birdie 3 on the 462-yard 11th hole before Knox dropped the winner for his third victory in eight years on the PGA Tour.

The two shared the lead after three rounds with David Peoples and both shot final-round 4-under-par 66s for 72-hole tallies of 265 at Green Island Country Club. Jim Booros was third, with 66 -- 268.

Knox, who moved from Columbus to Tallahassee, Fla., at 16, won the Honda Classic in 1986 and the Hardee's in 1987. Yesterday's $108,000 first prize raised his 1990 earnings to $204,560.

He and Hallet birdied the first extra hole, the 365-yard 10th, as Hallet made an eight-foot putt, Knox a two-footer.

Senior PGA:

Mike Hill came from seven shots behind Bob Charles by shooting 8-under-par 64, then beat Dale Douglass on a playoff hole in the Space Coast Classic on the Suntree course in Melbourne, Fla.

Charles led Douglass by six shots and Hill by seven with nine holes to play. But the left-handed pro let the tournament slip away with a double bogey at the easy par-5 No. 11 hole and a three-putt bogey at 15.

Hill finished 54 holes at 16-under-par 200. Douglass closed with a 67 for 200, to 70 -- 201 for Charles, but missed the $45,000 winner's share by three-putting from 40 feet on the first extra hole.

"This is the biggest lead I've ever blown in my life," Charles said.


Ian Woosnam, despite poor putting, won his second consecutive tournament, capturing the Grand Prix of Europe by three strokes at Chepstow in his homeland, Wales.

Woosnam, winner of the World Matchplay Championship a week ago, shot 72 on a rainy day to close at 13-under 271 and receive $125,000. Mark McNulty, (72) and Jose-Maria Olazabal (69) tied at 274.

Woosnam, with his fifth victory this year, moved past McNulty to the top of the European PGA money list with $835,000 this season.