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Duval lets eagles fly to soar past Maggert

David Duval figured he needed an eagle on the back nine to make a run at the Houston Open championship.

The hottest player on the PGA Tour got two _ and won.

"How about that! Good stuff," Duval said after the eagles vaulted him from five shots back with eight holes to play to finish at 12-under-par 276, one shot better than Jeff Maggert.

"A lot of things went my way on that back nine," said Duval, who shot 64 for the final round. "I've made a few eagles to win events but never two."

Fred Couples, with birdies on three of the last four holes, had 68 to finish third at 10-under 278, one shot ahead of Lee Janzen and Dudley Hart. Dan Forsman, who shared the lead with Maggert after 54 holes, finished at 280, along with Jerry Kelly, Hal Sutton and Dave Stockton Jr.

With his victory in February at Tucson, Duval becomes the PGA Tour's first multiple winner this year. It's also his fifth victory since October.

He has won five of his past 12 events and is now No. 1 on the money list with $1.24-million, passing Justin Leonard.

Duval, idle since finishing second at the Masters, was six shots behind Maggert and Forsman at the start of play Sunday.

He got to the par-4 10th hole and buried his approach shot in a bunker for bogey, which put him 7 under. Janzen was 12 under.

"I was going to have to make an eagle," Duval said. "What can I say?"

At the par-5 13th, his drive left him 200 yards, and his next shot was 25 feet to the right of the hole. The putt went in.

"That fired me up," he said.

At 15, another par 5, his second shot from 211 yards landed 14 feet from the hole. That putt went in, too.

He birdied 16 and parred the final two holes.

Maggert had a chance to force a playoff at this event for the fourth consecutive year, but his birdie attempt from the back of the green at No. 18 was short by about 4 inches.

Green outlasts Irwin

HOOVER, Ala. _ Playing just down the road from his native Birmingham, Hubert Green had an eagle and four birdies over the final nine holes to finish at 13-under-par 203 and win the Bruno's Memorial Classic by one stroke over Hale Irwin.

Irwin shot 7 under to charge from a fifth-place tie to the lead but was denied a third straight win when Green sank an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for his first Senior PGA Tour victory.

It brought a subtle tip of the hat from Green and a huge ovation from a crowd of 42,000, most of whom seemed thrilled to see the hometown boy win his first title of any kind since 1985, when he won the PGA Championship.

"It's about time," said Green, who helped design the 6,992-yard Greystone Country Club course. "My trophy case is bare and I need more trophies. It's nice to win anywhere, but especially with the folks here."

Terry Dill, who led after the first two rounds, shot 1 under to finish in a third-place tie at 206 with Jim Colbert, who shot 67.

It had been an Irwin crowd through 2{ days, but things began to change on the par-5 13th hole, when Green _ playing one group after Irwin _ made an eagle after Irwin salvaged par from the water.

That brought Green within one stroke of Irwin. He followed with four birdies over the final six holes.

Even with the loss, Irwin made $101,200 to surpass $1-million in earnings after just eight events.

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