Originally created 06/26/02

Hart-DiMarco win 36-hole in playoff

BARRINGTON, R.I. -- Dudley Hart birdied the 18th hole three times in 40 minutes Tuesday. The first forced a playoff in the CVS Charity Classic, the last won it with partner Chris DiMarco.

The former University of Florida teammates beat Stewart Cink and Jeff Toms on third playoff hole to win the $230,000 winner's share of the $1.2 million purse in the 36-hole, best-ball event at the Rhode Island Country Club.

Hart made an 8-foot birdie on the final hole of regulation to get the team to 20-under and force a tie with Cink and Toms, who set a tournament record with a 14-under 57 in the second round. On the third playoff hole - No. 18 was used each time - Hart curled in a 25-footer for birdie.

Cink was inches wide on a 16-footer for birdie from just off the green that would have sent both teams back to the 18th tee.

"To make a putt on 18 to get into a tie shows you something about the person," DiMarco said of his close friend with whom he combined for a 9-under 62 in regulation. "And I knew he was going to make that last putt on the third hole."

Each team parred the first extra hole. Cink rolled in a tough 7-footer with a right-to-left break for birdie on the second hole, but Hart matched that with a 6-footer.

"Guys were getting on us and yelling 'Get it over,"' Hart said, noting that all 20 pros had to catch flights after the closing ceremonies.

Hart and DiMarco were tied with defending champions Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price after Monday's opening round at 11-under 60. But Calcavecchia and Price only could make par on each of the holes on the back nine after playing the first 27 holes in 17-under.

The team of Steve Elkington and Craig Stadler tied for third with David Duval and Peter Jacobsen at 18-under 124. Elkington and Stadler had a 13-under 59 Tuesday for the tournament's second-best round.


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