Nicklaus charges to victory in The Tradition

April 08, 1991

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jack Nicklaus, making another of his legendary final-round runs, shot a 5-under-par 67 yesterday and successfully defended his title with a one-stroke victory at The Tradition over Jim Colbert, Phil Rodgers and Jim Dent.

Nicklaus, in his season debut on the Senior PGA Tour, came from five shots back to finish with an 11-under 277 and take the $120,000 top prize in the $800,000 tournament.

"I didn't think I could make up that much ground," Nicklaus said. "I never had done that before in 30-something years of playing golf, so why think I could do it now?

"The most I had come back before was nine or 10 shots at the Desert Classic in 1963 when it was a 90-hole tournament and I beat Gary Player in a playoff. But here, I called Phil on Friday night and said I was too far back and to go ahead and win the tournament. I didn't think I could catch anyone."

Rodgers and Colbert both started the final round tied for the lead at 11-under and with a four-stroke lead over Dent and Ben Smith.

Nicklaus took the lead on the 17th when Rodgers and Colbert bogeyed to fall to 9-under.

Nicklaus chipped within two feet on No. 18, then tapped in a

birdie putt to go 11-under.

Colbert and Rodgers, playing in the group behind Nicklaus, both birdied the final hole to finish at 278 after rounds of 73. They won $58,000, as did Dent, who shot a 70 and overcame four bogeys on the front nine with seven birdies in the final eight holes.

Now it's on to Augusta National for The Masters, a major tournament on the regular tour he has won six times, the last in 1986. He finished sixth last year and there is no golfer the rest of the field could fear more this week in the first of the grand slam tournaments.

"I hope I'll be sharper next week. I was only sharp for two days this week," he said. "I'll take a rest [today], then probaby play a round Tuesday at Augusta. So I'm working in that direction -- to get sharper for the Masters."

Dale Douglass had five of his eight birdies on the back nine and posted the day's best round -- a 66 -- to finish at 281.

Chi Chi Rodriguez, who had won two of the tour's past four events, was at 282 along with George Archer and Charles Coody.

The victory was the third on the senior tour for Nicklaus, who also won the Mazda Senior TPC last year.

Jack Nicklaus, $120,000 71-73-66-67277 Phil Rodgers, $58,000 65-67-73-73278 Jim Colbert, $58,000 70-68-67-73278 Jim Dent, $58,000 69-69-71-69278 Dale Douglass, $38,000 71-72-72-66281 Charles Coody, $28,533 75-68-70-69282 George Archer, $28,533 69-69-73-71282 Chi Chi Rodriguez, $28,533 69-69-73-71282 Tom Shaw, $20,643 74-69-71-69283 Jim Ferree, $20,643 72-68-71-72283 Ben Smith, $20,643 69-69-71-74283

Frank Beard, $16,158 74-70-72-68284

Bob Charles, $16,158 74-66-74-70284

Tommy Aaron, $16,158 70-70-71-73284

Gary Player, $13,510 69-71-77-68285

Babe Hiskey, $13,510 71-75-71-68285 Dave Hill, $13,510 70-73-69-73285 Miller Barber, $10,821 70-73-74-69286 Dewitt Weaver, $10,821 73-71-72-70286 Jimmy Powell, $10,821 72-73-69-72286 Bob Brue, $10,821 68-75-71-72286 Bobby Nichols, $10,821 71-73-69-73286

Bruce Devlin, $8,061 72-70-79-66287 J.C. Snead, $8,061 76-71-71-69287 Bruce Crampton, $8,061 71-71-76-69287 Harold Henning, $8,061 75-72-70-70287

Simon Hobday, $8,061 73-70-73-71287 Rives McBee, $8,061 73-68-74-72287 Mike Hill, $8,061 69-72-74-72287 John Brodie, $6,355 73-74-72-69288 Dick Hendrickson, $6,355 70-73-72-73288 Walter Zembriski, $6,355 70-70-74-74288 Lee Trevino, $5,563 75-75-69-70289 John Paul Cain, $5,563 70-69-71-79289 Gibby Gilbert, $4,640 73-76-71-70290 Larry Ziegler, $4,640 74-72-71-73290 Gay Brewer, $4,640 73-69-74-74290

Billy Casper, $4,640 73-70-72-75290 Don January, $4,640 68-75-71-76290 Orville Moody, $4,053 76-77-72-66291 Terry Dill, $4,053 72-70-74-75291 Joe Jimenez, $3,815 76-76-67-73292 Jim O'Hern, $3,650 75-75-73-70293

Al Geiberger, $3,256 75-71-78-70294 Don Massengale, $3,256 77-75-71-71294 Rocky Thompson, $3,256 78-74-68-74294

Tommy Jacobs, $3,256 69-71-78-76294 Lee Elder, $2,640 74-78-72-71295 Don Bies, $2,640 73-74-74-74295 Al Kelley, $2,640 71-78-72-74295

Bob Erickson, $2,640 75-74-72-74295 Dudley Wysong, $1,348 77-78-69-72296 Jack Kiefer, $1,348 79-73-70-74296 Larry Laoretti, $1,348 75-74-73-74296 Dick Rhyan, $1,348 74-72-73-77296 Butch Baird, $1,000 71-78-74-74297 Bert Yancey, $1,000 74-74-75-74297 Al Balding, $1,000 72-74-76-75297 Mike Joyce, $1,000 78-72-72-75297 Lloyd Moody, $1,000 78-71-73-76298

Bill Garrett, $1,000 80-74-72-73299 George Lanning, $1,000 74-82-70-73299 Charles Owens, $1,000 76-72-73-78299 Agim Bardha, $1,000 76-74-78-72300 Richard Martinez, $1,000 76-70-80-74300 Homero Blancas, $1,000 75-78-77-71301 Charlie Sifford, $1,000 78-73-75-75301 Ken Still, $1,000 76-75-75-75301 Joe McDermott, $1,000 77-75-78-73303 Gary Cowan, $1,000 79-73-76-75303 Lou Graham, $1,000 74-74-76-80304

Gene Littler, $1,000 73-76-78-78305

Jerry Barber, $1,000 79-75-74-77305 Mike Fetchick, $1,000 81-75-75-75306 Billy Maxwell, $1,000 80-80-76-71307 Jack Fleck, $1,000 80-79-76-74309

Bill Collins, $1,000 76-75-77-81309 Howie Johnson, $1,000 76-78-77-79310 Bob Goalby, $1,000 80-76-73-81310 Art Wall, $1,000 82-78-83-74317 Doug Ford, $1,000 78-82-77-81318

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