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Sweden's Gabriel Hjerstedt defends in Arizona

PGA Tour
Wed, 23 Feb 2000

Gabriel Hjertstedt earned his second PGA TOUR victory, the most by any Swede to that point, at last year's Touchstone Energy Tucson Open. His countryman, Jesper Parnevik, tied Hjertstedt at the 1999 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, then moved in front in January with his third TOUR win at the Phoenix Open.

In Tucson this week, Hjertstedt seeks to become the first Swede to successfully defend a US Tour title. At the same time, the Touchstone Energy Tucson Open and the World Golf Championship-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship combine to wrap up the West Coast Swing.

The player who earns the most points during the nine-event competition, which began at the season-opening Mercedes Championships, will be named the "King of the Swing." And, along with that title, comes a $200,000 bonus for the Palm Performance Award. Tiger Woods was the "King of the Swing" last year with 275 points.



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