Tom Watson made par on the third playoff hole yesterday to beat Ireland's Des Smyth and win the Senior British Open in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Watson, a five-time British Open champion, won the Senior British for the second time in three years. In 2003, he beat Carl Mason in a playoff at Turnberry. He joins Gary Player (1988, 1990, 1997), Bob Charles (1989, 1993), Brian Barnes (1995, 1996) and Christy O'Connor Jr. (1999, 2000) as multiple winners of the championship.
"This trophy certainly means something to me," the 55-year-old Watson said. "It was something of a struggle and it looked as if we could have played that 18th hole all night and still been locked together."
Watson won his seventh senior title and first since the 2003 Tradition. The victory is his fourth senior major, including the 2001 Senior PGA Championship, the Senior British in 2003 and the Tradition.
Watson held a one-shot lead heading into the final round and closed with a 1-under-par 70, tying with Smyth (67) at 4-under 280.
Greg Norman, making his Champions Tour debut, shot a final-round 68 and finished third. He finished two shots ahead of Craig Stadler, who closed with a 72. Loren Roberts, also playing his first senior event, had a 67 and finished four back.
* PGA TOUR: Notorious dawdler Ben Crane, whose slow play irked Rory Sabbatini at the Booz Allen Classic last month and perturbed his playing partners this week, shot a 1-under 69 to win the US Bank Championship by four strokes over Scott Verplank in Milwaukee.
Chad Campbell (65) finished five shots back in third, and two-time winner Jeff Sluman (68) was fourth at minus-14.
Crane finished at 20-under 260. He is only the second wire-to-wire winner in Milwaukee and the first at Brown Deer Park, where the tournament has been played for 11 years. Crane, whose only other tour win came at the 2003 BellSouth Classic, is the fourth golfer this year to put his name atop the leader board all four rounds of a tournament.
After Crane's slow play put them on the clock Saturday, Verplank said, "One day Ben is either going to get heavily fined or he's going to play faster, I guess."
The PGA Tour keeps track of when players get out of position and puts them on the clock. A 10th offense results in a $20,000 fine. Crane would certainly have the means to pay up if that is ever the case. He pocketed $684,000 for his victory.
* EUROPEAN TOUR: Sweden's Niclas Fasth made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a sudden death playoff against Angel Cabrera to win the Players' Championship of Europe in Alveslohe, Germany. Cabrera had just missed his putt from a slightly longer distance. Both players had twice parred the playoff hole -- the 18th at Gut Kaden -- before Fasth's winning putt.
Stephen Gallacher (69) and John Daly (65) shared third place.