Tom Watson, always comfortable in tough conditions, shot a soggy, 5-under-par 67 yesterday and beat Gil Morgan by two strokes to win the Senior Tour Championship in Oklahoma City.
Watson, who won this event in 2000, earned $440,000 for his first victory of the year on the Senior PGA Tour.
"The golf course actually played pretty easy," Watson said. "A lot of these guys think it's kind of cold, but this is just my type of weather."
The five-time British Open champion was 3 over after 20 holes, then played the last 52 in a bogey-free 17 under par to finish four rounds at Gaillardia Golf & Country Club at 14-under 274.
Morgan struggled down the stretch in a 69 that left him at 276, three strokes ahead of Bob Gilder, who closed with a 68.
Hale Irwin had a 71 and was fourth, seven strokes behind Watson, but he became the first senior golfer to win $3 million in one season.
* PGA: Jonathan Byrd hit his fiancee with a tee shot on the seventh hole and then hit pay dirt at the Buick Challenge in Pine Mountain, Ga., closing with a 9-under 63 to become the 17th first-time winner on the PGA Tour this year.
Byrd made five straight putts on the back nine at Callaway Gardens, two of them for eagle, and was within range of the tour's 72-hole scoring record in relation to par. By the end of the day, he was simply thankful to get his first victory.
David Toms put together a strong rally and had an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff, but it slid over the left edge of the cup. Toms started the final round one stroke out of the lead, shot 65, and it still wasn't enough.
Byrd finished at 27-under 261 and earned $666,000.
"You want it so bad because you always know you can do it," said the 24-year-old Byrd, in his first year on tour. "The greatest thing in the world is to hit great shots when you need them the most."
Phil Mickelson closed with a 63 to finish third at 265.
* LPGA: Se Ri Pak struggled more with the pressure of playing in her homeland than she did with the cold and windy conditions at the Nine Bridges Classic in Cheju Island, South Korea. Pak closed with an even-par 72, beating Carin Koch by six strokes and easily winning her fifth tournament of the year. The South Korean star finished at 3-under 213, while Koch had a 73 yesterday to wind up at 219. Annika Sorenstam's 76 left her nine shots back, ending her bid to set a record for tournament wins in a year.
* BUY.COM TOUR: In Prattville, Ala., third-round leader Patrick Moore was declared the winner of the rain-shortened tour championship, finishing on top of the money list and leading 15 players who earned promotions to the PGA Tour. Moore won for the third time this year.
* EUROPE: Denmark's Steen Tinning offset four bogeys with eight birdies and shot a 4-under 67 for a one-stoke victory at the Madrid Open.