Amy Alcott decided to accept the championship trophy of the 1991 Dinah Shore tournament, in Rancho Mirage, Calif., with quiet dignity.
That was her plan, anyway."I wasn't going to jump in this time," said Alcott, who had leaped into the lake around the 18th green at Mission Hills Country Club to celebrate her Dinah Shore victory three years ago.
"I thought at this point in my life, I just wanted to accept the trophy with some dignity. But it's just not my style."
So Alcott, with some prodding from Shore herself, took a celebratory dip.
She led from the first day and won going away, finishing eight strokes in front of runnerup Dottie Mochrie Sunday.
Alcott also bettered her own record for the tournament, with a 15-under-par 273 total, thanks to a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole that beat her old record by one shot.
Winless since 1989, Alcott said earlier in the week that she would dive into the lake again if she won the tournament this year. When she hesitated, Shore helped change her mind.
Alcott shot a closing 4-under-par 68, with Mochrie coming in with a 69 to finish at 281.
Patty Sheehan, with a 70, and Pat Bradley, with a 67, tied for third at 282.
Winning the event for a record third time, Alcott never let anyone closer than within two shots of her the entire four rounds.
Alcott, 35, now has won 29 times in her career and needs just one more victory to assure entry into the LPGA Hall of Fame. Alcott finished with cards of 67-70-68-68 and seemed in control all the way.
She was two shots ahead of Ok-hee Ku of South Korea after the first round, then held a two-shot edge on Shirley Furlong after 36 holes. Alcott pulled away Saturday, opening a 7-shot pad with a 68, as most of the early contenders fell back.
Mochrie, Sheehan, Martha Nause and Tammie Green all were seven shots off the lead heading into the final day of the Dinah Shore, which is considered the women's equivalent of the Masters.
Nause shot a 73 to finish at 285 and Green had a 75 to drop back into the pack.
The victory was worth $90,000 to Alcott and pushed her career earnings to $2.6 million, sixth on the all-time LPGA money list.
At Ponte Vedra, Fla., Steve Elkington had an extra incentive to sink the last-hole putt to win the Players Championship.
Elkington, an Australian native, now makes his home at the Champions Club in Houston where Jack Burke Jr., the 1956 Masters champion and a co-founder of the Champions Club, is his next-door neighbor and sometimes advisor.
At 278, he was two strokes back of Elkington's winning 276 that included a 68 in the last round.
Zoeller, 39, a non-winner since 1986, was second alone with a closing 72 and a 277 total.
Playing behind Elkington and needing one birdie to tie, he missed from about 15-18 feet on both the 16th and 17th holes.
On the 18th, with Elkington watching from the sidelines, Zoeller had another one from 12-15 feet. The last-chance putt broke out of the hole.