Lee Trevino is right on schedule.
Maybe even a little ahead of himself in his announced intention of matching or bettering his banner season of 1990.At this time in 1990, he had won three tournaments and was on his way to a total of seven. With a gritty run down the stretch Sunday, he acquired his third victory of the current season at the PGA Seniors Championship in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
And the fact that this was one of the major events on the over-50 circuit put him just a little ahead of his pace in 1990 when he led all of golf with $1.1 million in earnings.
"I'm going to try to stay at the level I'm at now for the remainder of the year. And then that's it," Trevino said after his one-stroke triumph over Mike Hill.
"This year I want to get all I can, Player of the Year and the Vardon and leading money-winner and everything," Trevino said.
It will be, he said, his last hurrah.
"I told you it was three years and out for me," Trevino said. "After this year I'm going to be a family man."
He said that doesn't mean he will abandon the senior circuit entirely, just that he will cut back to about 20 tournaments a year.
Trevino's victory was worth $100,000 from the total purse of $700,000 and pushed Trevino's earnings for the season to a leading $397,299.
Hill, playing with Trevino in the final threesome, missed only one green in a round of 69 and was second alone at 279.
Chi Chi Rodriguez, who twice held the lead alone over the final 18 holes, made bogey from the water on the 15th hole and fell back to third at 70-280.
Defending champion Jack Nicklaus struggled to a 76 and finished the tournament at 291. "I was just flat," Nicklaus said.
AT Hilton Head Island, S.C., Love conquered all.
Davis Love III on Sunday became the first golfer to win the Heritage Classic three times and only the second to do so consecutively.
Love shot a final-round 3-under-par 68 for a 72-hole total of 15-under 269 and a four-stroke victory over Chip Beck at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Nick Price was third at 274 after his second straight 66. Russ Cochran and Fuzzy Zoeller were at 275.
At Stockbridge, Ga., Dottie Mochrie chipped off an embankment to a tap-in birdie on the final hole for a 2-under-par 70 that gave her the SEGA Women's Championship Sunday by a stroke with a 72-hole score of 277.