Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trevino Takes Route 66 to Win; after 18 Years, Bryant Triumphs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trevino Takes Route 66 to Win; after 18 Years, Bryant Triumphs

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Lee Trevino told his caddie that he needed to finish strong and did just that Sunday, shooting a 6-under-par 66 for a 3-stroke victory in The Transamerica in Napa, Calif.

"When I did not birdie No. 9, I told Herman (Mitchell), my caddie, I'd have to shoot 32 on the back," said Trevino, who closed with three consecutive birdies to hit his target number.

Trevino, 55, finished with a 15-under 201 total on Silverado's South Course for his second victory of the year and 26th overall on the Senior PGA Tour. He earned $97,500 to increase his season total to $804,210.

Former Stanford coach Bruce Summerhays, who had a 2-stroke lead at the turn, closed with a 69 and finished second. Ben Smith shot a 70 to finish third at 205 and Bob Murphy followed at 206 after a 68.

Trevino, who had neck surgery last October and has been bothered by a sore right shoulder, tied Summerhays at 12-under with a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 14 and took a 2-stroke lead on No. 15 with a birdie as Summerhays had a bogey.

Trevino closed with birdie putts of 20 feet, 10 feet and 6 inches. On the par-5 18th, he hit his 229-yard approach to 15 feet and two-putted for birdie and a 5-under 32 on the back nine.

John Bland, a South African rookie who began the round in a four-way tie for the lead with Trevino, Summerhays and Smith, finished with a 72 to drop into a tie for fifth at 207 with Walt Morgan (71) and Jim Albus (72).

`Dr. Dirt' Prevails - Finally: After 18 seasons and 460 PGA Tour events, persistence paid off for Brad Bryant, golf's ultimate grinder.

With a bogey-free 4-under-par 68, the man nicknamed Dr. Dirt won for the first time on the tour, edging Ted Tryba and Hal Sutton by a stroke in the Walt Disney Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Bryant, who has seven seconds in his career and until Sunday was the PGA Tour's career money leader among players without a victory, finished the rain-shortened 54-hole event at 18-under 198.

"It's been so long coming," Bryant said. …

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