Archive for Sunday, January 26, 2003

Trevino big winner

January 26, 2003


— Lee Trevino won the Champions Skins Game on Saturday, holing a 10-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole to finish with six skins and $240,000.

The 63-year-old Trevino won the event for the first time in seven starts, earning $100,000 with his birdie on the par-4 17th.

Hale Irwin was second with $200,000, Jack Nicklaus made $160,000 and Arnold Palmer, the 73-year-old crowd favorite, failed to take a skin for the second straight year. Palmer struggled throughout, finding the rough, bunkers and gallery.

Irwin, the winner three of the previous four years, took five straight skins on the back nine, but couldn't convert his 25-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole, setting the stage for Trevino's wining putt

On the final hole in regulation, Trevino made an 18-foot putt, and Irwin forced the playoff with a 7-footer.

Nicklaus had the lead for most of the day after a birdie on the par-3 eighth gave him seven skins and $160,000. After the next three holes carried over, Trevino birdied the 440-yard No. 12 to take four skins.

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