Lee Trevino birdied a record fifth extra hole yesterday to win The Commemorative in a four-way playoff in Scarborough, N.Y., thwarting 67-year-old Mike Fetchick's bid to break his own mark as the Senior PGA Tour's oldest winner. It is the longest playoff in the history of the tour.
The victory is Trevino's fifth in 10 senior events. Fetchick's only senior win was in the Hilton Head International in 1985 on his 63rd birthday, making him the oldest to win a Senior Tour event.
Trevino and Fetchick left Chi Chi Rodriguez and Jimmy Powell on the first extra hole when they each birdied the 419-yard, par-4 No. 1 at Sleepy Hollow Country Club.
Alternating between the first and 18th holes, the two matched pars until they returned to No. 1 a third time.
Fetchick, who won three times on the PGA Tour to 27 for Trevino, reached in two, but missed a 13-foot birdie putt by a quarter-inch. Trevino sank a six-footer for birdie -- and victory.
Fetchick began in a tie for eighth, four shots behind third-round leader Bob Charles, the two-time defending champion. But he shot a six-under 64 that gave him 54-hole total of 199. Rodriguez and Powell each had a 66, Trevino a 67.
Gary Player bogeyed the par-4 18th for a 66, missing the playoff by a stroke.
British Masters: England's Mark James shot a five-under 67 in Woburn, England, to win by two strokes over his third-round co-leader, David Feherety of Northern Ireland.
Lady Keystone Open: In Hershey, Pa., Cathy Gerring shot a one-under 71, winning her first LPGA event in six years by one stroke. Gerring started the day with a two-stroke lead and survived a charge by leading money-winner Pat Bradley, who birdied four of the last six holes for a 68, tying Elaine Crosby for second.