Mize Goes Low To Get Win In Montreal
BLAINVILLE, QUEBEC | At long last,
Larry Mize was allowed to scratch
that 17-year itch.
And then the tears came.
With an overflow crowd of more
than 22,000 sending a jolt through
Club de Golf Le Fontainebleau,
Mize snapped a winless skid that
was nearing 20 years with a thrilling triumph Sunday at the maiden
Montreal Championship presented
by Desjardins. The 1987 Masters
champion went low for an 8-under
64 to close at 17-under 199 after
three days, one shot better than
overnight leader John Cook.
Moments after Cook pushed his
25-footer past the cup on the final
hole, Mize let it all out.
“I was holding back some emo-
tion,” he admitted. “I teared up a
little bit. It’s been a long time. Once
it happened, it was hard to keep that
emotion back. You know, it’s hard to
Dan Forsman (65) and Corey
Pavin (67) were three off the pace.
For the third consecutive day, a gal-
lery of thousands followed Couples,
the undisputed sentimental favor-
ite of the masses in Montreal this
week. Couples wasn’t able to turn
it up on the final day, firing a 68 to
grab a share of fifth.
If Cook is wondering where he
let this one get away, it was on
the driveable par- 4 16th, when he
missed a gimme three-footer that
would have pulled him even.
SMALL’S WORLD NOW HAS
THREE NATIONAL PGA TITLES
In Mike Small’s world his most
formidable opponent may be himself. The University of Illinois men’s
golf coach rallied from a near-disastrous start in the final round of
the 43rd PGA Professional National
Championship Wednesday at French
Lick Resort, knocking home three
birdies in his final five holes for a
1-over-par 73. It was good enough
to seal a three-stroke victory at
8-under-par 278 over longtime
friend Sonny Skinner of Sylvester,
Ga., earning $75,000 and a piece
of history with a record-tying third
“It feels good to finish it off,” said
Small, whose previous titles in 2005
and last year allowed him to catch
the late Larry Gilbert of Lexington,
Ky., a winner in 1981, ’82 and ’91.
“I was leaking oil for most of the
day. Standing on the 12th tee (at
4-over par) was a tough thing to do.
But I got through. That gives me a