Sporting Digest: Golf

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The Independent Online
LARRY MIZE, of the United States, overcame a four-shot deficit to achieve victory in the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Michigan, on Sunday when he sank a six-foot putt for par on the final hole to avoid a play-off with fellow American Fuzzy Zoeller, the overnight leader. Mize's victory elevated him to 11th in the US Ryder Cup standings. The top 10 players after the US PGA Championship, which starts in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday, qualify for the American team, while Tom Watson, the captain, will pick the other two.

BUICK OPEN (Grand Blanc, Michigan) Leading final-round scores (US unless stated): 272 L Mize 64 69 71 68. 273 F Zoeller 69 65 66 73. 274 G Norman (Aus) 68 73 68 65. 276 C Pavin 71 65 71 69; J D Blake 69 71 67 69. 277 S Elkington (Aus) 67 72 70 68; S Lamontagne 67 70 70 70; F Funk 68 71 67 71. 278 N Lancaster 69 71 71 67; D Toms 73 67 68 70; P Stewart 66 71 71 70. 279 J Flannery 71 70 68 70. 280 F Couples 72 69 67 72; J McGovern 69 71 68 72. 281 H Sutton 72 70 71 68; T Watson 70 71 70 70; J Huston 66 77 66 72; W Levi 72 71 66 72. 282 A Magee 73 69 73 67; W Wood 72 72 70 68; J Haas 74 70 69 69; W Schutte (SA) 70 68 73 71; R Mediate 71 68 72 71; D Hart 69 72 70 71; S Pate 70 72 69 71; C Stadler 71 70 70 71.

WORLD RANKINGS Leading positions: 1 N Faldo (GB) 21.93pts ave; 2 G Norman (Aus) 17.41; 3 N Price (Zim) 17.01; 4 B Langer (Ger) 16.71; 5 F Couples (US) 14.22; 6 P Azinger (US) 13.47; 7 J M Olazabal (Sp) 11.20; 8 I Woosnam (GB) 10.96; 9= T Kite (US), M Ozaki (Japan) 10.09; 11 D Love III (US) 9.71; 12 J Cook (US) 9.57; 13 C Pavin (US) 9.51; 14 P Stewart (US) 9.14; 15 M McNulty (Zim) 8.54; 16 D Frost (SA) 8.27; 17 C Montgomerie (GB) 8.04; 18 S Elkington (Aus) 7.91; 19 M O'Meara (US) 7.66; 20 L Janzen (US) 7.26.

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