Long Odds Dodds
Shines At Valhalla
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY | Trevor Dodds was
looking at a John Daly kind of chance to get into
the Senior PGA Championship early last week.
He was the 15th alternate, figuring he’d have the
week off. But the list of withdrawals suddenly
became long and when Joey Sindelar withdrew
with a back problem, Dodds was in the field.
Dodds, a native of Namibia, shot a 5-under
67 and trailed first-round leader Kiyoshi Murota by one stroke.
After a third-round 67, tied for low round of
the day with Jeff Sluman, Dodds was in fourth
place, two shots out of the lead shared by Murota and Hale Irwin. He finished T11.
Competitors played under lift, clean and
place the first two days after heavy rain at
Valhalla Golf Club, but the rule was lifted on
Saturday and the ball was played down.
That created a bit of controversy when every
player battled mud on the ball after their tee
“Every ball had mud on it and especially the
last hole, I didn’t have a shot on the last hole
going into 18, because there was so much mud
on the ball it just, the ball just turned over, it’s
like I almost hit a top shot,” said Tom Watson.
“But that’s the difference. That’s the difference
when you have the ball in your hand.”
Ken Green, who has been playing a few
Champions Tour events, was entered at Valhalla and shot 80-82 to miss the cut.
Green, who plays with a prosthetic left leg,
was not deterred by the performance.
“It was good,” Green said. “I hit good solid
shots and it was fun. That’s what golf does.
That’s part of the reason I keep still trying to
play is to have those kind of moments and
those kind of feelings. And then on the reverse
side it’s the complete total just, wow. I mean it
hurts as much as it’s ever hurt to have something just fall apart. It’s cold.”
Nick Price showed up at the golf course on
a chilly Saturday morning with only a
“Today this morning was
as cold I think as I’ve been
on a golf course this
year,” Price said. “So us
old guys, we don’t really
like that cold weather too
much, we need WD-40 or
something in our drinks
to get us going in the
Irwin on why he still
“I don’t know
what retire means.
Anybody retired in
A Self-Described ‘Geezer,’
Watson Still A Crowd Pleaser
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY | The ageless wonder
won the Senior PGA Championship, just not
the one that had everyone’s attention for three
Tom Watson holed a three-foot birdie putt
on the first playoff hole Sunday to beat David
Eger and win his sixth major championship on
the Champions Tour.
In doing so, Watson became the second old-
est, at age 61, to win the Senior PGA. He won
this championship for the second time, 10 years
after his first victory. Watson now has 14 victo-
ries on the Champions Tour.
“That’s pretty good for an
old geezer,” Watson said.
“This is what I’m out here
to do, to compete and
try to win. It was
a struggle but I
made some key
putts on the
back nine. We
had a tough
week to play.”
started the day
one shot behind
ers Hale Irwin
round 70 at
Eger began the final round four shots behind the leaders and turned in the round of the
day, a 5-under-par 67, to get into the playoff.
Watson reached the greenside bunker in
two at the playoff hole, the par- 5 18th, and hit
his bunker shot to within three feet and made it
to claim the title.
Eger hit his tee shot into an awkward lie
beside a fairway bunker and his third shot
found the green, about 12 feet away. His birdie
chance slid by on the right.
Both players missed short birdie putts on
the 72nd hole that would have won the championship.
Eger missed from five feet in the pairing
just in front of Watson, after playing a bunker
shot from behind the hole. And Watson missed
from six feet after a similar bunker play.
Watson had chances to put the tournament
away before the final hole, narrowly missing
birdie opportunities at the 16th and 17th.
Irwin, at age 65, had a chance to win his
fifth Senior PGA Championship, but an early
double-bogey, bogey slip-up on the sixth and
seventh holes knocked him from the running.
Irwin shot rounds of 69-68-70 to share the
lead with Murota at 9 under going into the final
round. He ended the day with a 1-over 73 to finish
fourth at 8 under, one behind Murota, who shot
72, good enough for 9 under and third place.
Eduardo Romero and Peter Senior, who
each shot 69 in the final round, shared fifth
place at 7-under 281. RESULTS