Zoeller Wins Par-3 Contest

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GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) -- Two days after finishing tied for fourth in the U.S. Senior Open, Fuzzy Zoeller was the easy winner in the Par-3 Shootout on Tuesday, finishing with $330,000.
 
Fred Couples, last year's winner of the two-day, 18-hole skins event played at Treetops Resort, finished with $90,000 as did Lee Trevino, who was shut out over the final nine holes. Phil Mickelson, who was bothered by a sore neck, won $30,000.
 
Each skin was worth $20,000, while the player closest to the pin on each hole collected another $10,000. A hole-in-one was worth $1 million.
 
'None of us hit the ball very, very well today,' said Zoeller, who won two holes worth $100,000 each on Tuesday. 'There was enough of a breeze out there to make us feel uneasy, but it was fun.'
 
Zoeller won his first hole Tuesday on the 169-yard 13th when he rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt. According to tournament rules, however, he needed to validate that win by at least tying the low score on the following hole. Zoeller hit his tee shot well short of the 14th green but managed to get up and down for par.
 
Mickelson missed a 10-foot birdie putt that would have prevented Zoeller's validation.
 
'I pulled a rabbit out of my hat on that one,' Zoeller said of his par on 14.
 
Zoeller's other big payout came on the second extra hole after no one managed to win any of the final five holes. Zoeller and Couples birdied the first extra hole, eliminating Mickelson and Trevino from the playoff.
 
Zoeller eventually won the final skin when Couples three-putted from 20 feet.
 
'There was a lot riding on the playoff,' Couples said. 'My (first) putt was downhill, and I didn't hit a very good putt.'
 
Trevino won the event two years ago.
 
'I don't know what happened today, but the wind was kind of hard to read,' he said.
 
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