His tie for second in the last event of the year on the Senior PGA Tour was worth $95,000. That made him the first Senior Tour player to exceed the money- winning total of the leader on the much more lucrative PGA Tour.
"Naturally, I'd like to have won," Trevino said. "But I beat Greg."
Trevino, playing on a circuit that offered about $21 million in prize money, finished the season atop the money list with $1,190,518. Greg Norman, playing on a tour that offered about $46 million, finished first on the regular tour with $1,165,477.
"This makes it a '71 year," said Trevino, who won the U.S., Canadian and British opens that summer and was named professional athlete of the year.
This too was one of the greatest seasons of Trevino's legendary career. He won seven times, including the U.S. Senior Open, and was second in eight others. He set a Senior Tour money record, leading the over-50 circuit in victories and also in more than half of the 10 statistical categories. . . .
Juli Inkster shot a 1-under 71 to become the first woman to win a mixed professional tournament with a one-stroke victory over Mark Brooks in the Spalding Invitational Pro-Am.
Inkster, one of four women playing in the non-tour event, finished with a 284 total on the famed Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Women received yardage advantages off tees on each of the three courses used in the only tournament that features men and women in head-to-head competition.
"I feel sorry for Mark," said Inkster. "He played really well. Hopefully he doesn't think it's a men-against-women thing or take too much ribbing. I made the shots when I had to."