Olin Browne shot a final round 71 for a three-shot win at golf’s Senior U.S. Open, his first title on the U.S. PGA Champions Tour.
Browne finished with a four-round total of 15-under-par 269. Runner-up Mark O’Meara had a 1-over-par 72 today at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Mark Calcavecchia finished third, a shot behind O’Meara.
“It was really a hard day,” Browne told NBC in a televised interview. “The wind was blowing, the greens were drying out a little bit and even though I couldn’t get anything going my only bogey was a three-putt on the front nine.”
The 52-year-old Browne, who won the last of his three U.S. PGA Tour titles at the Deutsche Bank Championship six years ago, joins 1994 champion Simon Hobday as the only players in the 32- year history of the Senior U.S. Open to lead from start to finish.
Browne took the lead at 14-under when O’Meara dropped a shot at the 13th hole. The lead doubled three holes later when O’Meara had another bogey.
On the last green, Browne rolled in a putt of about 30 feet for birdie to secure the three-shot win.
O’Meara was seeking his third win on the 50-and-over Champions Tour and his first in a senior major. The 54-year-old won 16 times on the PGA Tour, with his last two wins coming at the Masters Tournament and British Open in 1998. His two wins on the Champions Tour came in 2010.
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