Associated Press
Sunday, April 8

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Chris DiMarco didn't know it until he walked off the course. By making two birdies in the last three holes, he finished among the top 16 and ensured a return trip to The Masters.

 David Duval
He was below the cutoff line until he made birdies on Nos. 16 and 18 to finish tied for 10th.

"Oh, really?" DiMarco said, when informed he wouldn't have to worry about his spot on the money list, or any other criteria. "I'm glad I finished strong."

After leading the first two rounds, DiMarco struggled over the weekend. He shot 72 on Saturday, and opened the final round with six bogeys over the first 14 holes.

"I learned a lot this week," he said. "Mostly, I learned to slow down and be patient."

Other players who could benefit from a top-16 finish include Toshi Izawa, Kirk Triplett, Brad Faxon, Angel Cabrera, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Steve Stricker and Rocco Mediate.

But they weren't the only players to claim something other than a green jacket, taken home by Tiger Woods along with a check for $1,008,000. There was plenty of loot to go around.

David Duval received $604,800 for finishing second, in addition to a silver medal and a silver serving dish. He also got two crystal vases for low rounds both Friday and Sunday.

Izawa, who finished fourth, will need to buy an extra suitcase to get his bounty home. Along with a $246,400 paycheck, he picked up two crystal vases for tying Duval's low score in the second and fourth rounds, not to mention three pairs of crystal goblets for each of his eagles in the tournament.

Mark Calcavecchia birdied No. 18 tie for fourth place. That moved him into third place in the Ryder Cup points standings, although he was barely aware of it.

"I was more thinking about the money," he said when somebody asked about the Ryder Cup.

At least he's honest. Calcavecchia won $246,400 -- an extra $56,560 for making the birdie. HELP | ADVERTISER INFO | CONTACT US | TOOLS | SITE MAP
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