Joe Inman beat Bruce Summerhays and Dave Stockton by two strokes to successfully defend his title in the $1.2 million Pacific Bell Senior PGA Classic in Los Angeles. Inman shot a 6-under 65 yesterday that included an eagle on the par-5 13th.
Inman, winning for the second time as a senior, finished with a 14-under 199 and earned $180,000, the largest paycheck of his career.
Summerhays shot 66, while Stockton, who entered the final round with a two-shot lead, had a 70.
Inman made a 12-foot putt on the 514-yard 13th for the eagle.
"The eagle was big in my round," Inman said. "But the shot of the day for me was that 5-iron through the trees on the sixth hole. From there on I really played well."
Inman put that 5-iron just two feet from the hole and tapped in for the birdie.
Stockton had trouble at No. 9 with a double-bogey six. Summerhays birdied four of the last five holes on the front nine but only managed one on the back side at the 6,575-yard Wilshire Country Club course.
LPGA: The U.S. LPGA won the Nichirei International for the 15th straight year, beating Japan behind strong play from Liselotte Neumann and rookie of the year Kim Mi Hyun. In the 12 stroke-play matches on the final day of the $702,000 tournament, the LPGA won 6 1/2-5 1/2 for a 15 1/2-8 1/2 overall victory.
Neumann and Kim each shot a 3-under 69 for two of the six wins by the LPGA, which earned $450,000 for the victory.
Hiromi Kobayashi had the day's lowest score of 68 in leading Japan to five wins and one tie for its best performance this week.
EUROPE: Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied three of the final five holes for a 7-under 65 and won the $1.6 million Volvo Masters in Jerez, Spain.
Jimenez had eight birdies overall and one bogey, finishing at 19-under 269. He was two strokes ahead of third-round leader Retief Goosen of South Africa, Bernhard Langer of Germany and Padraig Harrington of Ireland. Langer shot a 66, Harrington a 67 and Goosen a 71.
PGA: Completion of the already shortened Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Madison, Miss., was pushed back to today because of rain. The tournament had been shortened to 54 holes because, like the Tour Championship in Houston, the Southern Farm Bureau had suspended play Friday for Payne Stewart's memorial service.
Chris DiMarco and Brian Henninger were the co-leaders after two rounds at 11-under 133.