Lee Trevino called the shot that made him the big winner yesterday in the first nine holes of the Senior Skins Game in Kohala Coast, Hawaii.

Trevino had a 15-foot birdie putt in the cup and was watching Jack Nicklaus, hunkered over a 12-footer to tie him, on the seventh hole at the Mauna Lani Resort.

"For the last three years, maybe four," Trevino told Arnold Palmer at greenside, "every time I've made a birdie he's made a putt to tie me. . . . He's got to miss sooner or later. He can't keep tying me forever."

Nicklaus's putt slipped by on the low side and, with carryovers from five previous holes, Trevino won six skins and $100,000.

"I got a gift from Jack and Chi Chi {Rodriguez} when they missed those birdie putts on the fifth hole," Trevino said. "That let me hang in there, then I shook that one in on the seventh."

Trevino got help from Gary Player on the final hole. Trevino hit an 8-iron to 12-15 feet and made birdie. Player needed a six-footer to tie him and force carryover of the $25,000 prize, but he missed and Trevino boosted his first day's take to $125,000.

Nicklaus won one skin and $25,000 with a birdie 2 on the eighth hole. Palmer, defending champion and oldest in the group at 61, dropped a 25-foot putt for a first-hole birdie worth $15,000. Another $285,000 is at stake for the five-man field in the final nine holes today.

PGA Tour: Nolan Henke birdied three of the TPC course's final four holes for a 66 and a four-shot lead over Robert Wrenn after the third round of the frost-plagued Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Henke takes a 16-under 197 into today's final round. Wrenn (67) has a one-stroke edge over Curtis Strange, who took 71 after tying Henke for the second-round lead and is 11 under with Bob Tway (68), Gene Sauers (68) and Fred Funk of Bethesda, Md., who tacked a 66 onto his 65 of Friday.

The cut was 2 under after morning completion of Friday's suspended second round. Defending champion Tommy Armour III missed out with par, 142.