Trevino Takes Par 3 Challenge


Lee Trevino won the Sun Microsystems Par 3 Challenge on Tuesday, holing a 5-foot birdie putt to beat Fred Couples on the second playoff hole.

Trevino and Couples shot 4-under 50s on the Four Seasons Resort Aviara course that was modified to make every hole a par 3.

The tournament featured three players each from the PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour and LPGA Tour, along with celebrities Bill Murray, Cheryl Ladd and Terry Bradshaw.

Sorenstam finished third at 52, and Kelli Kuehne and defending champion Jesper Parnevic tied for fourth at 53. Nancy Lopez was sixth at 54, followed by Hal Sutton (55), Johnny Miller (57) and Chi Rodriguez (60).

Trevino had to birdie the 18th hole to get into a playoff with Couples. Trevino missed an 8-foot birdie attempt on the first extra hole, then made the 5-footer on the second extra hole.

"Man, I'm glad I made that second putt," said Trevino, who earned $120,000. "I kept hitting in there close. I don't think I could have hit another great shot."

A $1 million bonus at stake for a hole-in-one on any hole went unclaimed. Johnny Miller came within an inch of an ace at the 123-yard fifth hole.

"I don't know how that shot stayed out of the hole," Miller said. "I can't wait to see the telecast. I'm telling you that shot had to miss by a quarter of an inch."

Murray was the low celebrity at 69, followed by Bradshaw at 71 and Ladd at 86.

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