John Cook sank a 12-foot putt for an eagle 3 on Castle Pines' 17th hole yesterday to vault past defending champion Ken Green and earn a first-prize check of $180,000 in the $1 million International in Castle Rock, Colo.
It was the third PGA Tour title of his career for Cook, whose eagle was worth five points in the International's unique scoring system and gave him a total of 11 points with a round of 3-under-par 69.
Green had a better medal score, 68, than Cook. But the scoring system gave Green only nine points and second prize of $108,000.
Eagles are worth five points and birdies two in the International, while a bogey costs one point and a double bogey or worse costs three.
Cook was one of 18 players who survived three rounds to take part in the finale, in which the players started even. To get to the last round, Cook made the cut by one point in the first round, by two points in the second and via a seven-man playoff Saturday for the last six places.
Scott Simpson, Chip Beck, Mike Hulbert and Ben Crenshaw each posted six points and won $48,000.
Cook more than doubled his 1987 winnings and, in his eighth year, became the 80th PGA player to surpass $1 million in career earnings.
"I told Ken Green that was only the second eagle I've made all year," Cook said.
Senior PGA: Orville Moody birdied two of his final four holes to hold off Butch Baird and win the Rancho Murieta (Calif.) Gold Rush by two shots, bringing his career earnings past $1 million. Moody shot 69 for a 12-under-par 204 for 54 holes and a $45,000 payoff.
Baird ran off five straight birdies on the back nine, taking a momentary lead after he and Moody completed the 14th hole. Moody got back into a tie on the par-5 No. 15, hitting a wedge he called the key shot of the tournament.
His second shot stopped eight feet behind a tree, but Moody hit a 30-yard sand-wedge shot up through the branches and to within three feet of the pin. Baird (68) faltered, missing a three-foot putt for par on 16, then driving into trees on the 17th so he could only salvage par while Moody birdied.
Lee Elder shot 68 for third at 209, good for $21,500.
LPGA: Val Skinner sank a six-foot par putt on the 18th hole to complete a rally from four strokes down on the final nine and claim the $33,750 winner's purse in the $225,000 International at Westchester Hills in White Plains, N.Y.
Skinner shot 3-over-par 75 to finish at 4-under 212 and defeat Shelley Hamlin by one. Hamlin, tied with Skinner entering the final hole, left her second shot in a bunker guarding the front of the green on the 290-yard hole, a par 4. She hit out to 18 feet and missed her putt.