Ray Floyd slammed the door on any would-be challengers with a string of 14 consecutive pars in the PGA Seniors Championship, claiming the title he blew a year ago.
"Last year has nothing to do with it," Floyd said Sunday after he turned a two-stroke lead into a five-shot victory and showed why he is one of golf's great front-runners.That reputation was damaged a year ago when, in the same tournament and on the same Champion course at the PGA Resort, he uncharacteristically blew a four-shot lead with eight holes to go and let Lee Trevino escape with the title.
Most of his self-inflicted damage came on the 15th and 17th holes, both water-guarded par-3's, which he played in "7" and "5."
This time he parred them routinely and cruised to his 10th victory on the over-50 circuit.
It marked his fifth triumph in the six times he has led or shared the lead going into the final round of a senior tournament.
The only loss was in this one a year ago.
And the only hope anyone had, Trevino said, was that he would do it again.
"He had a good memory. I thought maybe he would have forgotten what happened to him last year," Trevino said.
But it didn't happen.
"He started off great and then just sort of coasted in," Trevino said.
At Hilton Head Island, S.C., Bob Tway, emerging from a group of scrambling competitors, won his first tournament since 1990, defeating Nolan Henke on the second playoff hole at the MCI Classic.
Tway, whose last PGA Tour victory came in the 1990 Las Vegas Invitational, put his tee shot three feet past the cup on No. 17. After Henke bogeyed the par-3 hole, Tway backhanded his tap in to win.