Lee Trevino held off a late challenge by Bruce Crampton on Sunday to win the Aetna Challenge by one shot, his second Senior PGA Tour victory in four tournaments this year. Trevino had a final-round 67 for a 16-under-par 200 total over three rounds at the 6,719-yard, par-72 course at The Club at Pelican Bay. Crampton finished with a 66 and 201 total and won the $35,000 second prize.
"I love it, I like the heat," Trevino said. "I've been an underdog all my life."
Trevino, who earned $60,000, raised his Senior Tour earnings to $169,258. He won two weeks ago in the Royal Caribbean Classic.
"I think I'm striking the ball better from tee to green than I can remember and that would include my best year on the regular tour in 1980," Trevino said.
"Like I said before, I think I could make some cuts on the regular tour, but I don't think I'd be up there on the leaderboard every week."
Behind Crampton was Charles Coody, who shot 67 and won $29,000 for third place at 205. Mike Hill scored 206 to finish fourth, and Tampa's Jim Dent and Butch Baird tied for fifth with 207.
"It was an exciting round," Crampton said. "We proved we were all competitive with Lee. He might win some tournaments out here, but he won't run away with all of them."
Forsman stays the course
in Shearson Lehman Open
LA JOLLA, Calif. _ Maybe it wasn't pretty. Maybe it wasn't spectacular. But Dan Forsman, grinding away in rain and wind and self-applied pressure, did all that he had to do to win the Shearson Lehman Hutton Open.
"I learned a lot about myself today," Forsman said Sunday after his two-stroke victory. "I learned I was able to continue on and get the job done."
He put together a string of pars that became more and more valuable as the holes ran out and the challenges failed to appear. And for the third straight week on the PGA Tour, the leader was given breathing room and needed only a closing round of par 72 over the final 18 holes.
Mark O'Meara did it at Pebble Beach two weeks ago. David Ishii did it last week in Hawaii.
And Forsman, who hadn't won in four seasons, did it in blustery, showery weather on the South course at Torrey Pines.
While the gusty winds and the occasional showers made playing conditions difficult, Forsman's opponents helped make his task easier.
No one who started the final round within six shots of Forsman broke par 72.
The only pressure put on Forsman was applied by Tommy Armour III, a winner at Phoenix last month.
Armour shared the lead after eight holes. But he chopped up a pair of par-5 holes, the ninth and 13th, made bogey-6 on each and paved the way for Forsman's eventual victory.
"I'm really upset with myself that I let those two bad shots (a third shot on nine and the drive on the 13th) happen," Armour said. "That cost me the golf tournament."
Forsman scored the third victory of his eight-year PGA Tour career with a 275 total, 13 under par.
The victory was worth $162,000 from the total purse of $900,000 and pushed his season's earnings to $200,992.
Armour rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole and took second alone at 277. He had a closing 72.
Tom Byrum, who had a closing 68, was next at 278 after a final-round 68.
Crafter wins Inverrary
with birdie on final hole
LAUDERHILL _ Jane Crafter broke a five-way tie when she sank a 40-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Inverrary Classic for her first victory in more than nine years on the LPGA Tour.
Crafter edged Nancy Lopez by a stroke to win $60,000 and a chance for a $1-million bonus by winning a second Phar-Mor tournament at Youngstown, Ohio, in July.
"This is a dream come true," said a tearful Crafter, who finished with a 54-hole score of 7-under-par 209 to edge Lopez in a closely fought final round that saw five players tied for the lead when Crafter, part of the last group, reached the final hole.
It was Lopez's first tournament of the season after suffering a miscarriage in January.
Crafter, who began the day tied for the lead with Tampa's Dale Eggeling and Tammie Green at 7-under, shot an even-par 72 over the 6,248-yard Inverrary Country Club course in gusty winds. Her 209 was one better than Lopez and two better than Eggeling, Meg Mallon and Danielle Ammaccapane, who all had a chance to win before bogeying the 18th.
At the final hole, knowing she needed a birdie to win, Crafter saw Green sink a 50-foot chip for a birdie.
"I thought, "Is it possible for a second shot to go in?'
" said Crafter, who then rolled her putt into the center of the cup.
Lopez, who birdied the 15th and 16th holes, was watching as the ball fell into the hole.
"I would like to have been in a playoff, but I'm happy for Jane. She made a great putt and that's what you have to do to win," she said.
Eggeling missed a 6-foot par putt on the final hole. She already had bogeyed the 12th and 16th holes after leading by two shots with eight holes to play.
Crafter had fallen two shots off the pace when she bogeyed the 10th and 14th holes. "So I just said, "Go out there and be aggressive.'
Australian Masters: Greg Norman overcame third-round leader Nick Faldo to win his sixth Australian Masters by two strokes in Melbourne.
Norman finished the four rounds over the Huntingdale course with a 19-under-par total of 273, including a closing round of 68. Faldo, the leader by two strokes going into the final round, had a 72 to finish two shots behind in a three-way tie for second.
Norman, who also said Sunday that he had resigned from the Australian PGA Tour, won $72,000.
Atlantic Open: Stephen McAllister won the $320,000 Atlantic Open in Povoa De Varzim, Portugal, in the European circuit's first six-man playoff.
McAllister, of Scotland, secured his first career victory on the first extra hole. He won $53,000 after shooting a final-round 74 and finished at even-par 288.
Ron Stelten of Palm Springs, Calif., who took a two-stroke lead into the final round, fired an 80 and tied for seventh at 289.