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MONEY TITLE ON LINE AT TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

A long season comes to an end this weekend at the $4 million Tour Championship at the very long Champions Golf Club.

"It seems like you are always hitting 4-, 5- and 6-irons into greens," Greg Norman said about the par-71, 7,220-yard Champions course.

Play was to start at noon, with the final pairing in the field of 30 of Justin Leonard and Tiger Woods set to tee off at 2 p.m. (3 p.m., ESPN).

Player of the Year honors are all but wrapped up by Woods, but the money title will still be on the line. Since the winner gets $720,000 and last place gets $64,000, Leonard and Davis Love III have a chance to overtake Woods.

The rewards for being one of the world's top golfers increased dramatically with the announcement of three international events beginning in 1999, each with a purse of at least $4 million.

The World Golf Championships will consist of a match-play event in February, a stroke-play invitational in August involving Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team members and stroke play in November with a field taken from the World Golf rankings.

Each tournament will have a first prize of at least $720,000. When the three new events are combined with the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship, Players Championship and Tour Championship, the nine tournaments alone will have total first-place money of more than $5 million.

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