Calvin Peete's conceded loss in the second round of the Seiko Tucson Match Play Championship confirmed Lanny Wadkins as the PGA Player of the Year.
Peete was the only man with a chance to overtake Wadkins in the Player of the Year standings in this, the last official event on the 10-month PGA Tour. And Peete needed to win the tournament to do it. His bid ended when Peete hit his second shot in the water on the second extra hole and he conceded a 1-up loss to Phil Blackmar.
U.S. Open champ Andy North also lost, 3 and 2, to Ron Streck. Defending champion Tom Watson continued to advance. Watson was three under par in a 4-and-2 decision over Mike Reid, then beat Wayne Levi, 1 up, in the afternoon's third round.
In the senior division, defending champion Gene Littler won the final two holes of the front nine and cruised to a 3-and-2 victory over Ken Still . . .
George Graefe made five birdies for a 27-hole total of one-under-par 106 to win the Middle Atlantic PGA Tournament of Champions at Cumberland (Md.) Country Club. The two-time Maryland Open champion from BWI Range captured his fifth MAPGA event of the season in the event, originally scheduled at 36 holes but reduced after Thursday's scheduled opening round was rained out. Mike McGinnis of Holly Hills finished second with three 36s for 108.