Jodie Mudd was another of those PGA millionaires who hadn't won many tournaments.
Until Sunday.Mudd, 29, whose only previous Tour victory came last year at Memphis, doubled his lifetime total by beating Larry Nelson in a playoff to capture the Byron Nelson Classic in Irving, Texas.
The former Georgia Southern star made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, a 554-yard par-5 to beat Nelson, a former U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner.
"I've been here (on the tour) for 71/2 years and I decided it was time to get my career going," Mudd said. "I decided it was time to take my shot and be more aggressive, to play for wins instead of a good tournament."
Mudd shot a final round 65 to tie Nelson, who had a 67, at 15-under-par 265 over the Tournament Players Course at the Four Seasons resort in Las Colinas.
It was the fourth playoff in five years at the Nelson Classic. Bruce Lietzke won last year.
The $180,000 first-place check increased Mudd's lifetime earnings to $1,356,494. It was Mudd's first playoff victory. He had lost to both Phil Blackmar and John Mahaffey in 1985.
Nelson, who is now 3-2 in playoffs, won $108,000. It was his first top 10 finish this year after suffering an ankle injury last November playing touch football with his son.
"It's a sad feeling to lose a playoff," Mudd said. "I've been on the other end of it twice."
Nelson left the course without discussing his round, but Mudd said he knew he was battling a fierce competitor.
"Larry is a great pressure player," Mudd said. "He's won all those majors. "
Mudd said he thought he might have an edge on the playoff hole because he normally outdrives Nelson.
"Playoffs are petrifying because it can be over in one hole," Mudd said. "I did feel comfortable because I thought I had an edge in my length. I really wanted to make that putt because I didn't want it to go any farther. I didn't want to give Larry a chance to do something spectacular."
At San Antonio, Larry Mowry birdied the final hole Sunday for a 1-shot victory over Gay Brewer in the $250,000 RJR at The Dominion seniors PGA tournament.
Mowry's three-day total of 201 was 15 under par and set a tournament record. He had rounds of 66, 67 and 4-under 68. Brewer's card for the tourney read 65-69-68--202.
Mowry earned $37,500 for the win, while Brewer picked up $21,500 for second. Barber pocketed $17,800 for third.
Defending champion Billy Casper finished fourth, with a 10-under 206 good for a check for $14,800.
Despite making five birdies and just one bogey, Mowry had to fight a nervous putter to claim the win.
"I had a little case of the jitters on the greens," Mowry said."
At Chesapeake, Va., Defending champion Juli Inkster overcame foul weather with a 3-under-par 69 that pushed her past her faltering opponents to a five-stroke victory Sunday in the LPGA's Crestar Classic.
Inkster built a three-shot advantage at the turn and never led by less than two the rest of the way on a rainy day that saw temperatures dipped into the upper 40s.
She completed three trips around Greenbrier Country Club's 6,275-yard layout in 210, six under par.
The victory, worth $45,000 from the $300,000 purse, was Inkster's second of the season and the 13th of her career. She won the 1988 Crestar at Sleepy Hole Golf Course, ending the tournament's eight-year run at the club in nearby Suffolk.
Beth Daniel and Sweden's Liselotte Neumann were closest to Inkster with 1-under 215s.
Neumann, the U.S. Open champion, birdied the 18th hole to salvage a 2-over 74. Daniel, a 14-time winner whose last victory came in 1985, stayed with Inkster early in the round but slipped to a 74.
At 216 were Amy Benz, Debbie Massey, Jane Geddes, Jan Stephenson and Cindy Figg-Currier. Benz closed with a 68, Massey a 70, Geddes a 71, Stephenson a 72 and Figg-Currier a 76.