Player's lapse is Nicklaus' big paydayKOHALA COAST, Hawaii...

GOLF

January 28, 1991

Player's lapse is Nicklaus' big payday

KOHALA COAST, Hawaii -- A mental lapse by Gary Player helped Jack Nicklaus escape from the moonscape-like lava flow and go on to the biggest payday of his career.

"I've always prided myself on course management," Player said yesterday after he struggled through a three-hole playoff with Nicklaus in the Senior Skins Game.

"But this time I made a mistake. I blanked out. I don't know what it was. I just wasn't thinking," said Player, who had Nicklaus on the rocks but let him get away.

"A tough way to go out," said Player, who, along with Chi Chi Rodriguez, was shut out during this two-day event.

"Two years in a row I played very well -- and didn't make a cent," Player said.

Nicklaus, on the other hand, turned his escape on the second playoff hole and a 40-foot eagle putt on the third into a $310,000 payoff, $285,000 of it coming on the 21st hole of play on the Francis H. Brown course at the Mauna Lani Resort.

"By far the biggest payday I've ever had," said Nicklaus, holder of a record 18 major professional championships.

The big check compares, for example, with the $113,285 he collected as the PGA Tour's leading money winner in 1964. It was larger than his season total in seven of the eight years he led the tour in winnings.

Lee Trevino won $125,000 and Arnold Palmer $15,000, both from Saturday's first nine holes. Nicklaus won all the money that was up for grabs yesterday.

PGA Phoenix Open

PHOENIX -- Nolan Henke rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, ending a back-nine collapse and giving him a one-stroke victory over Curtis Strange, Tom Watson and Gil Morgan in the Phoenix Open.

Henke, whose only previous victory in three years on the PGA Tour was in last year's B.C. Open, finished with an even-par 71 and a 16-under total of 268.

(a-amateur)

Nolan Henke, $180,000 65-66-66-71268 Tom Watson, $74,667 68-68-68-65269 Gil Morgan, $74,667 66-67-70-66269 Curtis Strange, $74,667 64-67-71-67269 Mike Hulbert, $35,125 68-72-65-65270 Jay Don Blake, $35,125 68-66-70-66270 Andrew Magee, $35,125 72-65-67-66270 Bruce Lietzke, $35,125 67-68-68-67270 Rocco Mediate, $27,000 70-68-68-65271 Bob Tway, $27,000 65-69-68-69271

Gene Sauers, $27,000 65-69-68-69271 Mark O'Meara, $19,000 70-65-70-67272 Sandy Lyle, $19,000 65-70-70-67272 Dan Pohl, $19,000 68-68-68-68272

Steve Jones, $19,000 63-70-70-69272 Robert Wrenn, $19,000 65-69-67-71272 Fred Funk, $19,000 71-65-66-70272

Tom Purtzer, $12,600 65-70-71-67273

Jeff Sluman, $12,600 69-69-69-66273 Michael Allen, $12,600 68-68-71-66273 Mike Standly, $12,600 69-71-67-66273 Chip Beck, $12,600 68-69-69-67273 Larry Mize, $12,600 68-67-69-69273 Hal Sutton, $7,738 69-70-67-68274 Tom Sieckmann, $7,738 69-69-68-68274 Brian Claar, $7,738 69-69-68-68274 David Peoples, $7,738 70-67-68-69274 Steve Pate, $7,738 69-68-68-69274 Billy Ray Brown, $7,738 70-69-65-70274 Howard Twitty, $7,738 70-67-67-70274 Mark Lye, $7,738 69-64-70-71274 Davis Love III, $5,414 66-67-73-69275 Jay Delsing, $5,414 69-69-68-69275 Scott Hoch, $5,414 70-68-68-69275 Gary Hallberg, $5,414 71-69-67-68275 a-Phil Mickelson 67-70-68-70275 David Edwards, $5,414 68-70-66-71275 Andy Bean, $5,414 68-69-67-71275 John Adams, $5,414 68-67-68-72275 Peter Jacobsen, $4,100 69-70-67-70276 Loren Roberts, $4,100 68-71-67-70276 Chris Perry, $4,100 72-68-67-69276 Lee Janzen, $4,100 68-71-69-68276 John Mahaffey, $4,100 68-68-68-72276 Mike Smith, $3,108 69-70-67-71277 Tommy Moore, $3,108 68-70-70-69277 Bobby Wadkins, $3,108 71-66-71-69277 Curt Byrum, $3,108 68-68-69-72277 Kirk Triplett, $3,108 67-69-68-73277 Mark Calcavecchia, $2,443 69-70-68-71278 Phil Blackmar, $2,443 68-68-71-71278 Ed Humenik, $2,443 68-67-72-71278 Bart Bryant, $2,443 70-68-72-68278

David Graham, $2,443 69-67-74-68278

Greg Whisman, $2,443 70-70-72-66278 Brad Faxon, $2,240 70-69-68-72279

Paul Azinger, $2,240 69-67-72-71279

David Canipe, $2,240 70-69-69-71279

Russ Cochran, $2,240 65-72-68-74279

Larry Rinker, $2,240 69-69-72-69279 Tony Sills, $2,240 70-69-71-69279 Lon Hinkle, $2,240 69-70-72-68279 Dave Barr, $2,150 69-67-69-75280 Bob Gilder, $2,150 73-66-72-69280 Bob Wolcott, $2,120 71-68-72-70281 Leonard Thompson, $2,090 71-69-69-73282 Brian Tennyson, $2,090 69-71-72-70282 Brad Fabel, $2,030 67-71-71-74283 Peter Persons, $2,030 71-68-70-74283 Duffy Waldorf, $2,030 69-69-75-70283 Bob Estes, $2,030 69-69-76-69283 Sean Murphy, $1,960 73-66-71-74284 Ken Green, $1,960 72-68-70-74284 John Huston, $1,960 74-66-73-71284 Carl Cooper, $1,890 70-67-73-76286

Ed Dougherty, $1,890 68-71-74-73286 John Inman, $1,890 72-67-74-73286 Scott Gump, $1,890 69-71-76-70286

Bill Buttner, $1,840 68-71-76-72287 Fuzzy Zoeller, $1,820 71-69-73-77290

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