Billy Glasson was quick to admit that it was far from an artistic victory.
"It was like we were trying to see who could play the worst," Glasson said of his last-nine duel with faltering Mark Calcavecchia Sunday in the Doral Open in Miami.
When Calcavecchia completed a collapsing 41 over the back nine with a double bogey on the final hole, Glasson became a one-shot champion.
"The win was great, but it was tarnished by the way I played on the back," said Glasson, who needed only a 2-over-par 38 on the final nine to hang on for his fourth career victory.
More importantly, it was his third victory in five months, going back to last season, when he won in Endicott, N.Y. and Tallahassee, Fla.
And it was, by far, his biggest victory. For one thing, the huge prize of $234,000 from the total purse of $1.3 million made him the 100th man to go over $1 million in career earnings.
Glasson, who led through the second and third rounds, shared the top spot with Calcavecchia after nine holes of the final round.
But at about that point, he and Calcavecchia both started backing away. Calcavecchia three-putted for bogey on the 10th and 11th and the second one "really rattled me. As hard as I tried, I couldn't get my composure back," he said. It was all downhill from there.
Fred Couples, who completed his 68 and 276 total well before Glasson and Calcavecchia played the 18th hole, took second alone.
***** At Princeville, Hawaii, Betsy King shot 5-under-par 67 Sunday and won her second straight championship in the $400,000 Women's Kemper Open golf tournament.
King, who also won the Kemper Open in 1984, finished with a total of 7-under-par 202, two strokes ahead of Jane Geddes.
***** And at Naples, Fla., Gene Littler birdied two of the final three holes Sunday to capture the Senior Challenge after Harold Henning made a double bogey at the 16th hole to lose the lead.
Littler finished at 7-under-par 209, two strokes ahead of Henning.