After breaking a decades-old PGA Tour record, John Huston isn't overly impressed.
"The record might be broken next week," Huston said Sunday after completing the 33rd and final Hawaiian Open in 28-under 260.With his 3-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole, he bettered, by one stroke, the mark set by Ben Hogan in 1945 and matched 10 years later by Mike Souchak.
So nonchalant was Huston that he wasn't even thinking about the record until the end. He started the final round with a nice cushion and had gone to 25-under - and a five-stroke lead over his closest pursuer - by the turn. The Hawaiian Open's old mark was 23 under.
"I didn't want it to affect the way I played," he said.
Maybe not, but Huston's performance impressed Tom Watson, who finished second, seven strokes back.
"If you look at it (27-under), it's almost a birdie every other hole," Watson said. "That's playing great golf."
The tour record for total score for a 72-hole event, 257, wasn't quite within Huston's reach.
"It's been a fantastic week," Huston said of his play over the 7,012-yard Waialae Country Club course. "I kept in control and gave myself a chance for birdies.
"It's a good feeling," he said of his first victory since 1994. "It's been a long time, so it's a great feeling to win. And to finish the way I did capped off a great week."
Watson shot a closing 66 for a solo second-place finish at 267, with Trevor Dodds third, a stroke behind. The six-stroke victory was the biggest margin on the tour since Tiger Woods' 12-stroke victory at last year's Masters.
Tied for fourth at 269 were Mike Reid, Brett Quigley and Greg Kraft. R.W. Eaks, who had the day's best round at 65; Steve Stricker, Olin Browne and Frank Lickliter were another stroke back.
The 271 group included Peter Jacobsen, Larry Mize, Steve Jones, Duffy Waldorf and Brandel Cham-blee.
While the record was nice, the win also gave Huston a two-year exemption. Coming into 1998, he had to use his one-time Top 50 money winner list exemption to remain on the tour.
The $324,000 winner's check raised Huston's 1998 winnings to almost $445,000.