FAIRFIELD, CONN., JULY 12 -- Gary Player shot a 5-under-par 66 today and easily won the U.S. Senior Open, breaking the 72-hole tournament record by nine strokes.

Player joined Billy Casper and Arnold Palmer as the only golfers to win the U.S. Open and Senior Open.

Player finished at 14-under 270, six strokes better than Doug Sanders, who shot a final-round 65 on the fourth straight sweltering day at Brooklawn Country Club.

Chi Chi Rodriguez, two strokes down as the round began, had a 71 and wound up seven shots back.

The South African-born Player, 51, birdied three of the first six holes to open a four-stroke advantage, and his lead never was threatened. In winning the $47,000 first prize, he easily topped Dale Douglass' 1986 tournament record.

"It was a wonderful round of golf," Player said of his six-birdie, one-bogey afternoon.

The victory, Player's second of the year, moved him past Douglass into fourth place on the Senior Tour's earnings list with $191,003. He has won three of the Grand Slam events on the Senior Tour; the one that has eluded him, the British Senior Open, is two weeks away.

It took Player eight years to win each Grand Slam event on the regular tour, but he has a chance to accomplish the feat as a senior in 1 1/2 years. He won the Senior PGA Championship last year and the Senior Tournament Players Championship last month.

"I think I've worked as hard as any golfer that ever lived," Player said. "I have no inhibitions about {saying} that."

Orville Moody was alone in fourth place at 279 after shooting a final-round 69, and Don Massengale (71) was fifth at 280.

Douglass and Bob Brue, also with 71s, were next at 3-under-par 281.