UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio – Gene Sauers outlasted Miguel Angel Jimenez down the stretch Monday to win the U.S. Senior Open Championship.
The 53-year-old Georgian won his first senior tournament after heavy rain delayed the final round for a day. He had three birdies and two bogeys for a 1-under 69 to beat Jimenez and Billy Mayfair by a stroke. He finished with a 3-under 277.
Sauers, who began playing again in 2012 after being sidelined for seven years by an illness, trailed Jimenez by a stroke to start the day, overtook him on the second hole and led by a stroke until the 15th. They were tied at the 18th, but Jimenez bogeyed and Sauers managed a par to win it. Jimenez shot 1-over 71 for the day.