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Tom Kite Wins AT&T Classic

 Tom Kite won his eighth career title on the Champions Tour and ended

 a victory drought of 30 Champions Tour events and just over 19 months.

Before today, Kite’s last victory on the Champions Tour came at the

2004 3M Championship.

·     Tom Kite became the first two-time winner at Valencia and joined Joe

 Inman (1998, 1999, 2000) and Gil Morgan (1996, 1997, 2004) as multiple

winners of the AT&T Classic.

·     Tom Kite would like to play every tournament in California. His

 victory today was his 10th on TOUR in the state (6-PGA TOUR, 4-Champions

Tour) meaning over a third of his combined victories on both circuits

have come in the Golden State.  His win today was also his third in the

Los Angeles area (1993 Nissan Open, 2002 SBC Senior Classic, 2006 AT&T


·     Tom Kite’s five-stroke victory over Gil Morgan was the largest

 winning margin in tournament history and the biggest on the Champions

Tour in over a year (Hale Irwin, 5 strokes, 2005 Turtle Bay

Championship).  The previous mark for largest victory margin in this

event was three-strokes by Raymond Floyd in 1992 and Joe Inman in 2000.

·     Tom Kite earned 240 Charles Schwab Cup points for winning today and

 jumped up into third place in the season-long race with 299 points.

Loren Roberts earned 49 Schwab Cup points for his T7 finish and padded

his lead in the season-long competition. Roberts now has 863 points, 554

more than Don Pooley.  At the end of the official season, the winner of

the Schwab Cup competition earns a $1 million annuity.

·     Tom Kite earned a check for $240,000 and increased his 2006 earnings

 to $371,822. Kite’s paycheck today also moved him closer to the


 mark in all-time TOUR earnings   with $19,911,485.

·     Gil Morgan recorded his eighth top-10 finish in 11 career starts at

 this event. A three-time winner of the AT&T Classic, Morgan earned

$140,800 for being the runner-up this year and became the first player to

go over the seven figures in all-time earnings at this event --

$1,016,038 or $92,367 per start.

·     Wayne Levi made a pair of eagles on the front nine today.

·     Loren Roberts finished T7 this week and his check for $48,800 moved

 him closer to the million dollar mark in 2006-season earnings. Through

five official events, Roberts now has earned $862,680. Hale Irwin holds

the Champions Tour record for quickest to a million in a season, going

over the seven-figure mark in eight events in 1998.

·     Sunday’s field scoring average was 74.295, the highest of the three

 rounds played this week. Friday’s first round had a stroke average of

73.615 and on Saturday the field scoring average was 73.077. There were

just 14 rounds below par today compared with 24 yesterday and 23 in Round


·     Defending champion Des Smyth finished T17 in the event.

·     Morris Hatalsky recovered nicely after opening with a 3-over 75 on

 Friday. Hatalsky found himself in a T47 after the first round.  His 69 on

Saturday moved him up into a T23 and then a 68 on Sunday equaled the

day’s best round and vaulted him up into a T4, his second straight

top-five finish on the Champions Tour (T2-Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am).

·     The Champions Tour moves just down the road to Newport Beach for next

 week’s Toshiba Classic. Mark Johnson is the defending champion.