Ted Schulz, earning almost as much money in one day as he did all of last year, Sunday carded a 3-under-par 68 to win the $1 million Los Angeles Open by one stroke over Jeff Sluman.
The four-year PGA Tour pro had only a 1989 Southern Open victory before he held on at the storied Riviera Country Club course for a $180, 000 winner's check - $13,126 less than he made in 1990.Schulz had four birdies in running his four-day total to 12-under 272, well off the tournament record.
Sluman, whose lone triumph in nine years on the tour came at the 1988 PGA Championship, was at 13-under with a two-stroke advantage at the turn before he took bogeys at Nos. 10, 12 and 15 - the last coming when he sent his second shot into a bunker.
Bruce Lietzke and Sluman were a stroke back entering No. 18, but Sluman pulled an eight-foot putt for a birdie and Lietzke took a bogey.
Sluman's 1-over 72 put him at 11-under and earned him $108,000. Lietzke , Davis Love III and Craig Stadler tied for third.
Defending champion Fred Couples, whose total last year was 18-under, shot a 72 and finished at 7-under. There has not been a repeat Los Angeles Open champion since Arnold Palmer in 1966 and 1967.
The Riviera Country Club course is a par 35-36-71 with yardage of 6, 946. The final round was played in sunny and cool conditions.
The PGA Tour now shifts to Florida. The Los Angeles Open is usually hurt by its position on the golf calendar, but 24 of last year's top 30 money earners entered.At Sarasota, Fla., Charles Coody's course-record final round 9-under-par 63 Sunday helped lead the Senior PGA's U.S. team to its fourth straight Chrysler Cup against the Internationals.
The United States won five of Sunday's eight head-to-head six-point matches, including the final three, for a 58.5-41.5 victory at Prestancia's Tournament Players Course.
Each member of the U.S. team collected $50,000, with $25,000 apiece going to the losers.
Coody's low round earned him a new car as well. Last year, he picked up three Cadillacs on the tour.
"That's nice motivation when you get five or six under," said Coody, who defeated Harold Henning. "I'd been on the losing end of two matches (Friday and Saturday) out there, and I didn't want to be 0-3 if I could help it."
Trailing by five points at the day's start, the Internationals took a short-lived lead as England's Brian Waites overcame a two-shot deficit to finish one stroke ahead of Al Geiberger at minus-one in the day's opening match.
"As first man out I had to win and give the team something to shoot for," said Waites, whose win was followed by a Bob Charles victory over U.S. team captain Miller Barber .
Charles, disqualified with International captain Gary Player off the first tee in Friday's five-point alternate stroke round, anxiously watched the rest of the results unfold.
"I just hope that mistake Gary and I made doesn't cost us the event, " he said.
It would have no bearing as Mike Hill (67 over Bruce Devlin's 72) and Coody followed with victories.
Following Player's win over Jim Dent , George Archer, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Lee Trevino gave the United States a string of victories to sew up the title.
Archer fended off Bruce Crampton after Crampton overcame a double bogey on the 11th hole to pull within one stroke.
Rodriguez shot 65, easily defeating Simon Hobday's 71, and Trevino cruised along at 68 to beat 68-year-old Roberto De Vicenzo, who shot 77.
A new made-for-TV format, which stressed teamwork with Friday's alternate-stroke round and kept 48 of the possible 100 points alive for Sunday's national audience, seemed to help pull the Internationals closer than in recent years. However it did not overshadow the U.S. dominance on the Senior tour.
"America has too many players to choose from," said Player.