Final round 68 lifts Denis Watson to victory at Senior PGA

May 27, 2007 - 11:13 PM KIAWAH, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Denis Watson didn't waste an opportunity to notch his first win in 23 years on Sunday.

After a career plagued by injuries, Watson shot a final-round 68 to earn his first major championship at the $2 million Senior PGA Championship.

Watson went out in 2-under-par and came back in the same way, carding just one bogey en route to the day's best score. He recorded a two-stroke win over third-round leader Eduardo Romero and received a first-place check for $360,000 - his first trip to the winner's circle since being triumphant three times on the PGA Tour in 1984.

Playing in his eighth Champions Tour event, Watson moved into contention with a 69 on Saturday. The 51-year-old, who now has five top-10 finishes this year, was enjoying a bogey-free round before a misstep at No. 15.

Romero closed with two bogeys on Saturday, but still held a two-shot lead entering Sunday's final round. However, his inauspicious ending to the third round carried over to Sunday. A double-bogey on No. 14 spelled the end for Romero as he finished with a final-round 72.

The par-3 14th and a bogey at the par-4 13th erased back-to-back birdies at No. 11 and No. 12 for Romero.

Nick Price, a one-time star on the PGA Tour who is making his debut on the elder circuit, finished with a final-round 71 to claim third place.

The 50-year-old Price bogeyed the par-5 2nd and par-4 ninth on the way out, carding his lone birdie on the front nine at the par-4 6th. That put the tour veteran three shots back of Watson heading to the back nine, from which he could not recover.






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