North Wins Big in Par-3 Shootout


GAYLORD, Mich. -- Andy North, a two-time U.S. Open champion, collected five skins and $350,000 on Tuesday to win the two-day ING Par-Three Shootout at Treetops Resort.
The event awarded $20,000 a hole for whomever posted the lowest score. The player had to validate the victory with a win or by tying the lowest score on the next hole. There was a closest to the pin prize of $10,000 awarded on every hole.
North won five closest to the pins and validated two of his four won holes.
Gary McCord finished in second with three closest to the pins and one validated hole. He totaled $90,000.
Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples each won $50,000 thanks to five closest to the pins, but were shut out when it came to skins.
After Monday's action, there was a $180,000 carry over. North won closest to the pin at the 12th when his seven-iron landed 17 feet from the stick. He rolled in the birdie try, but needed to at least match the lowest score at the next.
McCord was closest to the pin at 13, but it was over 26 feet away. Couples' 50-footer ran seven feet past the hole and Mickelson's 30-footer was lagged to tap-in range. North came up eight feet short and McCord blew his putt four feet by. North converted the eight-footer to pick up $220,000.