Al Geiberger, the youngest member on the Senior PGA Tour, shot a 3-under-par 67 yesterday for a two-stroke victory over fellow senior rookie Dave Hill in the inaugural $1 million Vantage Championship in Clemmons, N.C.
Geiberger came from two shots off the pace with a 31 on the front nine and led by at least two the rest of the way.
Geiberger, who reached the senior tour qualifying age of 50 on Sept. 1, finished 54 holes over the Tanglewood Country Club course in 206, 4 under par.
Geiberger collected the largest check of his 28-year pro career, $135,000, from the $1 million purse, the largest on the senior tour.
His largest previous check was $54,000 for his last PGA Tour victory, the 1979 Colonial National Invitation.
Hill shot a final-round 65, the best of the tournament. His check of $81,000 also was the largest of his career.
Gene Littler, the second-round leader, slipped to a 72 and was third at 209.
PGA: In Columbus, Ga., Great Britain's Ken Brown won his first PGA Tour title, shooting a methodical 2-under-par 68 to run away with the $400,000 Southern Open by seven strokes. He won $72,000.
Brown, in his fourth year on tour, finished the 72 holes at 14-under-par 266 at the par-70, 6,791-yard Green Island Country Club.
Masters champion Larry Mize, (68), Mike Hulbert (70) and David Frost (66) tied for second at 273.
Dunhill Cup: At St. Andrews, Scotland, Curtis Strange posted a course record 62 and England silenced a vast gallery of Scots to beat the home nation and win the $1 million Dunhill Cup.
The American captain's 10-under-par score came in his match against Australian Greg Norman as the United States won the battle for third place, 2-1.
In the final, England's Gordon Brand shot 64 to beat Sam Torrance by five and countryman Nick Faldo had 66 to beat Sandy Lyle by three.