Dave Barr birdied the final four holes, capped by a 35-foot putt on the 18th, to win the Royal Caribbean Golf Classic yesterday in Key Biscayne, Fla., his first win as a senior.
Barr ended a 16-year victory drought, winning for the first time since the 1987 Atlanta Golf Classic on the PGA Tour. He earned $217,500 for the win in the first full-field event on the Champions Tour, formerly known as the Senior PGA Tour.
"It's been a long time," Barr said. "That's a lot of grinding. It's great to win, but I certainly didn't expect to win the first one of the year. To win this one is a great surprise."
Barr shot a 5-under-par 67 on the Crandon Park Golf Club course and finished at 9-under 207, one shot better than Gil Morgan and Bobby Wadkins, both of whom missed chances to force a playoff on the final hole.
Barr was fortunate on the 18th, hitting his second shot to the left of the bleachers on the par-5. After a free drop, Barr chipped past the hole, then made a slippery downhill putt to move to 9 under.
Morgan, the second-round leader, could have forced a playoff but missed his seven-foot par putt on the final hole. Morgan shot a 70, and Wadkins survived an erratic round to shoot 68.
Wadkins, who missed a six-foot birdie putt on 18, had six pars, eight birdies and four bogeys.
Rodger Davis (70) was alone in fourth at 7-under 209, and Hubert Green (71) finished fifth at 211.
Barr's final-round 67 was matched as the best round of the day by Wayne Levi and Rocky Thompson.
* HAWAII: Michelle Wie, 13, shot a 5-over 77 in the final round of the Hawaii Pearl Open, finishing with an 8-over 224.
Playing from the championship tees at the Pearl Country Club in Aiea, Wie was the only female in the tournament field of 192, and the youngest overall.