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No second-best finish for Norman at this Open

Greg Norman, runner-up at the U.S. Open a week ago, won the Greater Hartford Open on Sunday to complete an astonishingly profitable month of golf.

Norman, who has made a career of second-place finishes, used an eagle at No. 15 to close with a 1-over-par 71 for a two-stroke victory that yielded a first prize of $216,000.

That raised his winnings for June alone to $781,780 _ a nice year for many players _ and pushed his earnings for 1995 past $1-million.

"Golf's a wonderful game," said Norman, who injured his back at Hilton Head in April and took six weeks off. "You never know what's around the corner."

Norman, who lost his lead to Fuzzy Zoeller at No. 13, finished with a total of 13-under 267, setting a course record by a stroke. Zoeller was bidding for his first title in nine years until a double bogey at No. 17 at the Tournament Players Club at River Highlands.

In second place at 269 were Dave Stockton Jr. (68), Grant Waite (69) and Kirk Triplett (69). Next were Brian Henninger, Don Pooley and Zoeller.

Norman, runner-up at last year's GHO, captured his 14th PGA title and his second in the United States this year, joining Peter Jacobsen and Vijay Singh as two-time winners in 1995.


PGA Senior Tour: Bob Murphy withstood a 17th-hole bogey to capture his third title this season, winning the Nationwide Seniors Championship with a 4-under-par 68.

Murphy finished at 13-under-par 203 on the hilly, 6,777-yard Lakeside Course at the Golf Club of Georgia, beating three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin and Bruce Summerhays by two shots.

Murphy's bogey had opened the door for Irwin, appearing in his second Senior event since turning 50 on June 3.

Irwin couldn't take advantage of the opportunity.

Irwin attempted to reach the green with his second shot on the par-5 finishing hole but landed in a pond on the edge of the green. He wasn't able to recover, took his bogey and finished with a 70-205.

The victory was worth $180,000, lifting Murphy's total for the year to $708,086 and enabling him to join Jim Colbert as the only three-time winner.

European PGA: Paul Broadhurst, who began the final round four strokes off the lead, shot a course-record 63to win the $880,000 French Open by eight strokes.

Broadhurst's 14-under 274 was well ahead of fellow Englishman Neal Briggs, who shot 72 to finish at 282.

Third-round leader Costantino Rocca shot a 78 to share third at 285.

Florida State Amateur: Mark Leetzow of Sarasota won at Sarasota's Sara Bay Country Club on the seventh hole of a sudden-death playoff with Mike Bodney of Ponte Vedra Beach.

Jack Veghte of Clearwater shot the best score of the round to make his way into a three-way tie for third. Doug LaCrosse of Tampa finished tied for sixth.

Stormin' Norman

Greg Norman's June winnings of $781,780 would have put him 13th on last season's PGA money list:

Tourney Finish Winnings

The Memorial First $306,000

Kemper Open Fourth $ 52,780

U.S. Open Second $207,000

Gr. Hartford Open First $216,000