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Friday, November 07, 2008

AVENTURA, Fla.(AP) Greg Norman Jr. hit a 111-yard pitching wedge to within an inch of the cup in the final event Monday, and he and his father won the $800,000 Golf Skills Challenge.

``I had no idea it was going to be that close,'' said Norman Jr., who returns to classes at the University of Miami on Wednesday $145,000 richer for his share of the top prize. ``I got lucky.''

Greg Sr. seemed delighted about the shot by his 23-year-old son, a professional kiteboarder by trade.

``That's what teamwork is all about,'' the elder Norman said.

Sponsored by ADT, the event at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club featured four pairings of pros and their caddies - the Normans, U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate and Matthew Achatz, Fred Couples and Joe LaCava, and Peter Jacobsen and Mike Cowan.

The teams competed in eight skills - long drive, mid iron, greenside bunker, pitch over hazard, trouble shot, chip shot, putting and short iron.

The short-iron test featured the biggest prize - $250,000 for winner. Mediate lipped out in his attempt to better the younger Norman's pitching-wedge shot.

The Normans won two other skills - the putting and the pitch over hazard. Norman Sr. holed out on both shots.

Achatz won the greenside bunker by holing the chip shot and the trouble shot.

``There was no luck out there, just rusty skills,'' Achatz said, laughing. ``This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance. For me, this is as big as it ever will get. I went from being a restaurant waiter to doing this.''

Couples won the long drive with a 311-yard shot.

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