Jack Nicklaus refuses to grow old. Not gracefully, anyway.
Sunday, after practically lapping the field in the Senior TPC at Dearborn, Mich., all Nicklaus was talking about was the regular PGA Tour _ specifically the U.S. Open, which begins Thursday at Medinah, Ill. "I still can't get it out of my system that I'm not competitive on the other tour," said Nicklaus, who has won two of his three starts in the 50-and-over set. "To me, golf is golf. I don't play any differently on one tour than the other." Nicklaus, the winner of 20 major championships, will be shooting for an unprecedented fifth U.S. Open title. "I feel like I always have something to prove," said Nicklaus, winner of 70 tournaments on the regular tour. "I like having to go back and do it again and again and again. I've basically done that all my life." Nicklaus either broke or tied several records in winning the Senior TPC at 27 under par, six strokes better than Lee Trevino. His 261 total was two strokes better than the old 72-hole Senior record set by Orville Moody in 1988. His closing 64's in each of the final two rounds tied the single-round record set last year by Moody and matched in the third round by Larry Ziegler. Nicklaus' 19-under total after 54 holes shattered the Senior TPC third-round record, set last year by eventual winner Moody at Jacksonville, Fla., by three strokes. It also matched the best third-round score ever in a senior event.
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And at Wilmington, Del., Patty Sheehan, playing a steady final round of 1-under par 70, held off early challenges from Japan's Ayako Okamoto and Kristi Albers to win the LPGA McDonald's Championship by four strokes.Sheehan, shooting par or better for 61 of the final 62 holes, completed the four-day event at 9-under par 275 over the 6,366-yard DuPont Country Club course.