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Win the first for Brooks since 1996 PGA Championship

11/24/2002

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Mark Brooks birdied the final three
holes Sunday en route to a 3-under-par 69 and pulled way from
late-charging Jeff Gove to claim the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach
Invitational.

Brooks, the 1996 PGA Championship winner, tapped in from three
feet on the 18th hole en route to his 16-under-par 272 in the
uniquely formatted tournament.

''They were some pretty decent rounds; that's not a bad score
around here,'' said Brooks, whose win was his first since his PGA
title.

Brooks finished second in an 18-hole playoff to Retief Goosen in
the 2001 U.S. Open and has won seven PGA Tour events in his 20-year
career.

''People didn't believe me, but I would have retired had I won
the Open,'' said Brooks, who finished 95th on this season's money
list. ''But now I'm not going to.''

Brooks, who won the event in 1992 and finished second to Juli
Inkster in 1990, earned $60,000.

The $300,000 event featured players from the four major pro
tours, club professionals and amateurs. Senior and women pros were
given tee-shot distance advantages in the 31st annual event.

Gove, who will return to the Buy.com Tour next season following
two years on the PGA Tour, also birdied the final three holes to
move into a tie with Brooks at 13-under par following a 66.

''I looked at the leaderboard at 16 for the first time and said,
'Hey, I'm here on vacation, I might as well give it a shot,' ''
said Gove, who had the final day's low round.

But Gove, playing several groups ahead of the eventual
tournament winner, waited only briefly before hearing Brooks had
begun his birdie spree.

Loren Roberts, the reigning Texas Open titlist and first-round
co-leader with Emilee Klein, shot a 68 and finished tied for third
at 277 with Duffy Waldorf, who had a final-round 72.

Roger Maltbie, who carded a final-round 70, finished alone in
fifth at 10-under-par 278 and led the 11 Senior PGA Tour entrants.

Wendy Ward, one of five women who advanced to the final round,
had a final-round 72 and led the LPGA contingent at 281.

Defending titlist Olin Browne, a two-time PGA Tour winner,
playing for the second straight day at Pebble Beach, had a
final-round 74 and finished at 284.

Johnny Milller, the event winner 20 years ago, was scheduled to
play the final round in the same foursome as his son, Andy. But
Miller, the tournament host who began the day at 2-under-par,
withdrew citing back pain.