Raymond Floyd was making birdies in bunches but wasn't making any money.
Every time he made a birdie on the first day of the Senior Skins Game, so did one of the other players in the Hall of Fame foursome. Floyd persisted on the second day, however, and made his birdies pay off $240,000.After being shut out on the first nine holes of the 18-hole, two-day competition, Floyd won one hole worth $100,000 Sunday and two more worth $70,000 each, the last on the fourth playoff hole.
"There were an awful lot of birdies out there," Floyd said. "I think this was probably one of the best Skins Games ever, by anybody.
"It was really exciting for me to be shut out yesterday then come back and play the quality of golf I played today. I shot a 31 on the front nine (Saturday), birdied four in a row in regulation (Sunday), then birdied all the extra holes."
Two-time defending champion Arnold Palmer, who finished second this time with $115,000, said pars were the kiss of death in the tournament.
"If you didn't make a birdie out there, you just weren't in the game; Raymond made those four birdies in a row and that was the atmosphere," said Palmer, 64.
Lee Trevino finished Saturday's play with top money of $80,000, but was shut out on the second day.
"The way Raymond was making birdies, it was pretty tough to top that," Trevino said.
Jack Nicklaus, who sprayed a lot of shots into the jagged lava rock that lines the Mauna Lani Resort course, won the first hole of the event, worth $15,000, then struggled the rest of the way.
Floyd, at 51 the youngest of the foursome, earned the final $70,000 when he birdied the fourth sudden-death hole. Only he and Nicklaus remained in the competition at that point, and Nicklaus barely missed a long birdie try, leaving Floyd a tap-in to win.