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Duo wins best-ball Challenge by two strokes

ALOHA, Ore. -- Brian Henninger and Scott McCarron combined to shoot a final-round 62 Tuesday and won the Fred Meyer Challenge
by two strokes over Stewart Cink and David Toms.

Henninger, who cut his hand Monday night while closing a candy
jar, and McCarron finished the two-day event at the 7,017-yard
Reserve and Vineyard Golf Club course at 22-under 122.

Cink and Toms had a 61 Tuesday in the best-ball event and
finished two strokes in front of three teams, including Jack
Nicklaus and his son Gary.

Henninger decided his wound didn't require medical attention, so
he bandaged it up and played.

''I kept his momentum going by just making a birdie here and
there,'' Henninger said of his partner.

McCarron glanced at the leaderboard on the 15th tee and saw Cink
and Toms had made consecutive birdies to take the lead. Cink and
Toms bogeyed No. 15 and McCarron made birdies on 16 and 17 to keep
his team in the lead.

McCarron and Henninger's total was two shots short of the
tournament record, set last year by Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon.

Andrade and Faxon had a 133 this year and finished last among
the 12 teams.

Henninger was emotional after the victory and cried when he
introduced his family to the crowd.

''I could go out and joke around,'' Henninger said. ''But I take
my livelihood seriously.''

He and McCarron will split the $180,000 first place prize.

Tying the Nicklauses for third place were Bob Gilder and Tom
Wargo and Matt Kuchar and Charles Howell.

Tournament host Peter Jacobsen and his partner, golf legend
Arnold Palmer, finished 11th with a 12-under 132.

The tournament had a record turnout of 58,925, though it still
doesn't have a sponsor for next year. Rumors surfaced last week
that Fred Meyer, which has sponsored the Challenge since its
inception 17 years ago, will discontinue sponsorship.