LA QUINTA, CALIF., NOV. 29 -- There was a moment of silence. Stunned silence.

"I think that's the first time in my life," Jack Nicklaus said, "I've heard him shut up. He was speechless. For once, he was at a loss for words."

But the silence didn't last. Lee Trevino -- who watched in something like disbelief as his 6-iron shot trickled into the cup for a hole-in-one -- began bounding about the 17th tee, hopping into the air, waving his cap.

He trotted to his caddie, rotund Herman Mitchell, and hugged him.

"How 'bout my man!" howled Mitchell. "He did it! He did it!"

"It looked like a Rembrandt," the 47-year-old Trevino said today of the 167-yard shot that was worth $175,000 and was the centerpiece of his sweep of all the money over the last nine holes of the two-day, 18-hole, made-for-television Skins Game at PGA West.

"When I hit it, I knew it was close. But never in my wildest dreams did I think it would go in," Trevino said.

Neither did Arnold Palmer.

"God. Can you believe it? It was on all the way. Astounding," Palmer said.

Palmer and Nicklaus, along with Fuzzy Zoeller, followed Trevino to the tee on the par-3 hole, needing an ace to halve the hole.

"Well," sighed Zoeller as his shot went about 12 feet by the cup, "I just flat blew a hole-in-one again."

The perfect shot, launched against a clear, blue desert sky, was the incredible climax to Trevino's brightest day in the sun.

He went right on to birdie the next hole, and swept all the money available on the last nine holes, $285,000, to complete the event with $310,000.

"I've been playing golf for 35 years and that's only the second hole-in-one I've ever had," Trevino said. "And I didn't get to see the other one. It was at Pleasant Valley on the first hole. I was in the second group off the tee and I'd been out all night and I couldn't focus very good."

Zoeller, who had dominated this popular show the last two years, and Nicklaus each won $70,000 over the first nine holes Saturday. Palmer, 58, who has competed in all five Skins Games, was shut out.

Trevino, who missed several costly short putts Saturday, said he made an overnight change in his putting stance that helped him with a 12-foot birdie putt worth $25,000 on the first hole of the day's play, which started from the 10th tee.

Zoeller dropped a 20-foot birdie putt on the 11th, but Palmer rolled a 15-footer on top of it to halve the hole and make the 12th worth $50,000.

Trevino won that one, too. He birdied from 20 feet and Palmer lipped out a 12-footer that would have tied him.

The next four holes were halved, with Nicklaus and Zoeller each making birdie on the 16th.

"Jack's putt {about a six-footer} was a big one for me. It kept the skin alive," Trevino said.

With the carryovers, that raised the value of the 17th to $175,000. And that was settled with one swing of the club.

"The most astounding hole-in-one I've ever seen," said Palmer, who not so long ago made aces on the same hole on successive days at the new TPC-Avenel in Potomac, Md.

And Trevino capped it off with a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th. Zoeller had a chance to halve and force a playoff, but missed from five feet. And Trevino had $35,000 more.