Tuesday, February 15, 2000

Hurt Lohr won't quit, shoots 98




The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Milford native Bob Lohr played the final round of the Buy.com Tour Lakeland (Fla.) Classic Sunday essentially with one arm. He injured his left thumb Saturday “in a bit of a temper tantrum.” His thumb swollen and unable to grip a club, Lohr chose to play the final round rather than withdraw.

       

       

       

       

        “The rule states that if you withdraw you get the money, but it doesn't count officially. I needed it to be just the opposite,” said Lohr, who hit mostly 3-wood and 5-iron en route to an eye-popping 26-over 98 and 72-hole 317 total, 45 strokes behind winner Donnie Hammond.

        “Chipping and putting, I didn't have any problems,” Lohr said. “I hit some beautiful chips. I had to be a little more creative.”

        Lohr, 39, a Miami University grad, managed to hit nine of 14 fairways during his round and finished in last place, collecting official money of $1,060. Lohr lost his PGA Tour card in 1997 after 12 years on tour, with one win and $2.4 million earnings.

       



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