PARAMUS, N.J., JULY 1 -- Lee Trevino called the shot that left him the winner of the 11th U.S. Senior Open title. "Jack has a habit of peeking on these, sometimes gets them {to the} right," Trevino said today as Jack Nicklaus stood over a critical four-foot par putt on the 17th hole. Nicklaus, making a late run at Trevino, had to have the putt to keep alive his chances.

But, as Trevino predicted, it went a little to the right, just enough to catch the lip of the cup and spin out.

"Trophy," Trevino howled, grabbing his golf cap and pulling it down over his ears. "Gimme the trophy."

It was his. The bogey-6 dropped Nicklaus two shots back with one hole to go, and he couldn't make it up.

Trevino claimed the over-50 Open title with a storm-interrupted closing round of five-under-par 67 and a 275 total, 13 under par on the Ridgewood Country Club course. Nicklaus finished with a 70 for a 277 total. Both are rookies on the Seniors Tour.

Gary Player, who beat Nicklaus and Trevino for the PGA Senior title earlier this year, took himself out of it over the back nine, shot 73 and was tied at 281 with Chi Chi Rodriguez (66) and Mike Hill (69), who rallied with a birdie-birdie finish after a triple-bogey on No. 15, where he played the wrong ball from the woods.

South African Harold Henning and Charles Coody, each with 69, were next at 282. Jim Dent, in a three-way tie for second with Player and Trevino to start the round but playing with a finger badly injured in an accident Saturday, shot 76 -- 284.

It was Trevino's sixth victory this year and the $90,000 winner's check pushed his senior-leading money total to $598,633.

"I knew I had to shoot a low round to catch Jack," said Trevino, who started the final 18 holes one stroke behind the man he beat to win the 1968 and 1971 U.S. Opens. "I didn't think 67 would be good enough."

Trevino took the lead with birdies on the second and third holes and never trailed. He was three in front after a 7-iron approach came to rest on the lip of the cup on the 10th. Nicklaus picked up one with a birdie on the 11th and got another when Trevino three-putted the 13th.

"I made a couple of crucial birdie putts on the back, on the 15th hole {20 feet} and the 16th hole," Trevino said. His putt on the 16th was about 15 feet.

A 12-foot putt on the 16th had given Nicklaus his third birdie in four holes and fourth in six.

On the 17th, a par-5 that usually requires three shots to reach the green, Nicklaus played two long-iron shots into an excellent position short of the putting surface. But with rain starting to fall again and Trevino already in a television booth watching, his third shot was short of the green. Nicklaus chipped to about four feet, then missed the par putt. It dropped him two strokes back with one hole to go and Trevino had his trophy.