Justin Leonard provided his in-laws with some golf lessons at the Honda Classic yesterday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Having already taught them the lingo while staying in south Florida this week, Leonard added some basics in the final round against Davis Love III: chipping it close, getting up-and-down from hazards, and maybe most importantly, playing to win.
Leonard shot a 5-under-par 67, broke the tournament record with a 24-under 264 and beat Love and Chad Campbell by one stroke for his eighth career tour victory.
This one came in front of dozens of family and friends.
Leonard and his wife, Amanda, were married in February 2002, and with her family being from nearby Juno, the Honda Classic was their first chance to see him play in person. It was definitely a learning experience.
"There were some new people introduced to the PGA Tour this week, and I was responsible for a few of them," Leonard said. "The only problem is that I set the bar pretty high. Now they are going to expect me to come down here and win every year. I'll have to try to soften their expectations."
Leonard, paired in the final round with his close friend Love for the first time since the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot, rallied from two strokes down over the final 13 holes to win $900,000.
Love, who won the 1997 battle, started the day 20 under and increased his lead with birdies at Nos. 1 and 3. Leonard also birdied the par-4 first, but was two strokes back heading to the par-3 sixth.
Love made his first of two bogeys on the day at No. 6, and Leonard rolled in a 15-footer for birdie to even the score.
Leonard also birdied three of the next five holes at The Club at Mirasol. He hit an 8-iron to 4 feet on No. 8 for birdie, chipped to one foot on No. 9 for birdie and hit a wedge to two feet from the rough on No. 11.
He called his chip on the par-5 ninth his biggest shot of the round because Love hit his second shot to within two feet for eagle. If Leonard didn't birdie, he would have been two strokes down again with nine holes to play.
* LPGA: Wendy Doolan overcame soggy conditions and the pursuit of more prominent players to shoot a 5-under 65 and win the season opener by three strokes. The 34-year-old Australian did what she had to do -- bounce back from a bogey with a birdie on the next hole -- to blunt charges by Grace Park and Betsy King to capture her second title, the Welch's-Fry's Championship in Tucson.
Doolan pocketed $120,000 -- nearly half of her 2002 earnings -- with her score of 21-under 259.
"I've seen the girls shoot 20-plus under par," she said. "I never knew I was going to do it, but I did it today, and that's something that I feel really good about."
King carded a 65 to tie third-round leader Lorie Kane (70) at 262. Park, derailed by a double bogey on the 17th hole, settled for a 67 and a tie with Christina Kim (70) at 263.
Kim, trying to become the first rookie to win her LPGA debut since Beverly Hanson in 1951, also had late bogey problems.
Meg Mallon fired a 70 for sole possession of sixth, five shots off the lead.
Mallon had a 60 on Friday, the second-lowest round in LPGA play, to lead at the midpoint. But she was only 6 under in the other 54 holes of the tournament.
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Valencia, Calif., Tom Purtzer rolled in a 58-foot eagle putt on the final hole to win the SBC Classic title over Gil Morgan, his first victory on the tour.
Morgan had a two-stroke lead going into the 546-yard, par-5 18th hole of the rain-shortened tournament at Valencia Country Club but missed a seven-foot putt that would have forced a playoff. Both Morgan and Purtzer missed getting into last year's playoff, won by Tom Kite, by one stroke.
Purtzer's eagle finished off a final round 4-under 68. He had a 36-hole total of 9-under 135 after rain washed out Saturday's play and cut the tournament from 54 holes. The victory was worth $225,000.
"I've seen strange things happen before on this course, so I wasn't ready to quit," Purtzer said.