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Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2008 11:40 pm | Updated: 12:07 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

It was Mike Weir’s last round of the 2008 season, so he was going to go for it.

Weir was even throwing around the number 58 on the practice green before Sunday’s final round of the Frys.com Open at Grayhawk.

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“I didn’t predict anything, but I was going to try,” Weir said.

The defending champion equaled the best round of the day with a 7-under-par 63. His four-round total of 266 had the Canadian finishing tied for fourth place.

“I had plenty of opportunities to even be lower,” Weir said. “I missed probably four or five putts inside of 10 feet. It could have really been a special round.”

Weir made eagle on the short par 4 15th hole when he chipped in and capped the tournament off with a 27-foot birdie putt. Now he’ll spend time with the family and preparing for ski season at Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort in Utah.

EXPIRED EXEMPTION?

Despite his woes on No. 18, Davis Love III improved his standing in the PGA Tour’s money list thanks to a strong finish. Love entered the week at No. 125 on the money list and has to stay there or improve to be fully exempt on the tour next year. His exemption for winning the 2003 Players Championship has expired.

Love bogeyed the final hole in both the third and fourth rounds. During Saturday’s third round, his tee shot buried itself in the edge of a bunker and he had to dig into the sand to find and identify his golf ball. With the unplayable lie, Love was forced to take a one-stroke penalty and drop his ball farther back in the fairway sand trap.

BABY ON BOARD

Like Weir, this was Aaron Baddeley’s final tournament of the season and with a 66 on Saturday and a 65 on Sunday, Baddeley had his ninth top-25 finish of the year.

Now it’s preparation time for Baddeley and his wife Richelle at their home in Scottsdale. They are expecting their first child in two weeks. He will spend the time at home learning how to be a dad.

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY

With two weeks left on the PGA Tour schedule, 98 players have earned at least $1 million this season with Bill Haas being the latest after his finish Sunday. Last year 99 players made seven figures.

It was exactly 20 years ago when the first PGA Tour players first earned at least $1 million in a season. Curtis Strange earned $1,147,644 in 1988.

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