Lee Trevino said he "achieved all my goals" in a record-setting season on the Senior PGA Tour and quickly offered a prediction for the 1991 campaign.
"Next year will be better," Trevino said Sunday after surpassing Greg Norman's money-winning total that led the much more lucrative PGA Tour."I really think I can play better, can win more," said Trevino, who set a senior money-winning record with $1,190,518 and led the over-50 tour with seven victories and in most statistical categories.
"I got a little tired, mentally tired, at the end of the year," Trevino said. "I played in 39 tournaments around the world this year. That's more than I ever played in my life.
"Next year I'm going to spread it out a little more, try to pace myself a little better."
But Trevino, who lost a three-man playoff to Mike Hill's long birdie putt on the first extra hole of the season-ending Champions tournament on Sunday, will have only a two-week break before the 12-month season begins all over again.
"I'm going home, but I'll play golf every day," Trevino said. "That's all I want to do. And that's why I played so much this year. My wife told me, `If you're going to be playing anyhow, you might as well go out on the tour where you can make some money doing it.'
"But 39 weeks of competition is too much. I'll cut back a little, pace myself better and play better," he said.
Trevino, who had to finish third or better in the final seniors tournament to become the first over-50 player to surpass the money-winning total of the PGA Tour leader, reached the three-way playoff with a final-round 7-under-par 65.
He was tied at 201, 15 under couldn't answer Hill's 40-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole and finished in a tie for second, worth $95,000 from a purse of $1 million.
"Naturally, I'd like to have won," Trevino said, "but I did what I came to do. I got Norman," who led the PGA Tour with $1,165,477.
"It's like a '71 year," said Trevino, recalling the season in which he won the U.S., Canadian and British Open and was named pro athlete of the year.
"It's like being named MVP, like winning the batting average and runs batted in and home runs."
Hill, who won five times this year, earned $150,000 and was second to Trevino on the money list with $834,178. At Pebble Beach, Calif., Juli Inkster claimed a chapter in the battle of the sexes on Sunday.
Inkster shot a 1-under-par 71 on the ocean-front Pebble Beach Golf Links to became the first woman to win a mixed professional golf tournament with a one-stroke victory over Mark Brooks in the $300,000 Spalding Invitational Pro-Am.
"Mark shouldn't feel bad," said Inkster. "He beat all those other guys. The guys who are going to razz him are the guys who are too wimpy to play here."
Inkster, one of four women playing in the 72-hole, non-tour event, finished with a 4-under-par 284 total to earn $60,000.
"It was a good win for me. I needed it for my confidence," said Inkster, winner of 13 titles and nearly $2 million during her seven-year LPGA career. "It will mean new diapers for Hayley (her daughter) and bigger Christmas presents."
Inkster, who played three years on the boys golf team at Harbor High School in Santa Cruz, Calif., began the day trailing leader Howard Twitty by two shots. Twitty stumbled, shooting a final-round 76.
Women players received yardage advantages off tees on each of the three golf courses used in the only tournament in which men and women compete head-to-head.
Women have been playing in the Spalding Invitational since 1979. Jan Stephenson and Patty Sheehan tied for fourth in 1987, the previous best women's finishes.