Jim Thorpe put away Jack Renner, 4 and 3, yesterday to win his second title of the golf season in the Tucson Match Play Championship.
Thorpe, 36, winner of the 1985 Milwaukee Open after taking first money though losing the Western Open in a playoff with amateur Scott Verplank, claimed $150,000 from the Tucson purse of $750,000.
That boosted his year's earnings to a career-best $379,091, fourth on the money-winning list that closed with this, the last official event of the 10-month PGA Tour season.
"With Jack, I was intimidating him driving off the tee," said Thorpe, one of the longest hitters on the Tour. "I was outdriving him by 50 to 60 yards off the tee. If you do that long enough, you'll have a psychological advantage."
Renner, a slightly built man who had to go four extra holes before defeating Bob Tway with a 20-foot birdie putt in a Sunday morning semifinal match, won $90,000. Tway beat Mac O'Grady for third place. O'Grady had lost his semifinal to Thorpe, 1 up, after trailing by 3 at the 15th tee.
In Seniors play, Harold Henning turned back Dan Sikes, 4 and 3, in the championship match. Henning, who paved his way with a Saturday upset of favored Peter Thomson, picked up $75,000 for his first Seniors victory. Sikes collected $50,000. Gene Littler beat Lee Elder for third place, 6 and 4.