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Morgan-Green Cruise In Legends


The only twosome to threaten Hubert Green and Gil Morgan on Sunday were high winds and dry greens.

And that wasn't nearly enough to keep them from completing a wire-to-wire victory at the Legends of Golf.

The duo shot a 6-under 66 to finish at 22-under 194, outdistancing Tom Wargo and John Mahaffey by three strokes and winning $158,000 each in the unofficial seniors event, sponsored by Liberty Mutual.

It was the sixth start-to-finish victory in the 22-year history of the two-man, best-ball tournament that is largely credited with spawning the Senior PGA Tour.

Wargo and Mahaffey shot 8-under to finish at 197 on a blustery day in which winds gusted up to 30 mph on the 6,939-yard World Golf Village Slammer and Squire Course.

David Graham and Jay Sigel shot 3-under to finish in a tie for third at 200 with Gibby Gilbert and J.C. Snead, who shot 7-under.

Morgan put the tournament away on the par-5 No. 8 when he knocked his second shot, a 3-iron from 230 yards out, to three feet.

He sank the eagle putt to go to 19-under. Morgan and Green exchanged a high-five and at that point, nobody in the 27-team field was within five strokes.

Green birdied No. 9 to push the lead to six and the back 9 was an exercise in conservatism, neither player taking a chance as the winds played havoc with club selection and dried out the severely sloping greens.

"It played a lot more difficult today," Green said. "For the conditions out there, our score was not a bad score. It was a situation where you could make some bogeys if you didn't watch out."

Playing alongside Green and Morgan for the third straight day, Graham and Sigel gave away any chance of winning the tournament when they fell behind by four with a bogey on the par-4 third hole.

Graham, however, felt the opportunity really was lost Saturday, when Green and Morgan struggled but he and Sigel failed to gain significant ground.

"It was the front nine yesterday," Graham said. "We had a good game with them all week, but we just didn't play well when we had to."

Wargo made eagle on the par-5 16th hole, but he and Mahaffey each missed birdie attempts at No. 17 in their last attempt to put some pressure on the leaders.

Like Graham and Sigel, they kicked themselves for a lackluster round of 70 on Saturday.

"I didn't play well yesterday," Mahaffey said. "If I had played a little better yesterday we would have beeOK."

The victory came in the third year of the Morgan-Green partnership, one that formed in May 1996, a few months before Green turned 50.

"First, you're looking for a guy who is going to turn 50 the next year," Green said. "There wasn't much of a selection because most guys who are already up there have a partner they're going to stick with. So you find someone and play with them until they throw you out."

It was good timing and a great deal for Green, who roped in one of the most successful players on the tour, a $4.4 million winner in just over two seasons.

And the pairing offered a good mix of Morgan's length off the tee and occasional bursts of hot putting with Green's accuracy from fairway to green.

"The games compliment each other," Morgan said. "I hit a little farther off the tee, Hubert's a little more consistent around the greens. So if I mess something up, he can flip a good shot up there and give us a chance to make par, get out of there and go to the next hole."

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