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Tom Guides Team To Tour Win

Tom Watson won a closest-to-the-pin playoff with a tee shot that stopped 6 feet, 2 inches from the hole, leading his team of Dottie Pepper and Graham Marsh to victory Tuesday in the Gillette Tour Challenge.

Watson, Pepper and Marsh each won $165,000 in the third annual event that features eight teams made up of players from the PGA, LPGA and Senior tours.

In a best-ball format at Mid Ocean Golf Club, Watson made an eagle on the 15 as his team went 7-under over the final eight holes to finish at 12-under 59 and get into the playoff against Jeff Sluman, Nancy Lopez and Dana Quigley.

"We were only 4-under after 10, and then we put on the afterburners," Watson said. "We had a powwow on 14 and decided that we could shoot some birdies and win this tournament, and that's what we did."

The playoff was a closest-to-the-pin on the 208-yard 17th hole. Sluman hit his tee shot 12 feet from the hole. He, Lopez and Quigley each won $105,000 from the $1.95 million purse.

"We went to sleep in the middle of the round, but Tom got everyone together and told us we could win this thing," Marsh said. "That's what great players do."

John Daly picked up his biggest check of the year $60,000. He played with Karrie Webb and Hugh Baiocchi and tied for fifth.

ABC Sports will televise the tournament Nov. 28. Gillette will present a $1 million donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the official charity of the LPGA Tour.

Also, one Gillette consumer will be randomly chosen to attempt a 10-foot putt during the telecast that will be worth $2 million if it goes in $1 million to the winner, and an additional $1 million to the Komen Foundation.

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