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Lee Trevino wins Champions Skins Game

Lee Trevino won the Champions Skins Game on Saturday, holing a 10-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole to finish with six skins and $240,000.
The 63-year-old Trevino won the event for the first time in seven starts, earning $100,000 with his birdie on the par-4 17th.

Hale Irwin was second with $200,000, Jack Nicklaus made $160,000 and Arnold Palmer, the 73-year-old crowd favorite, failed to take a skin for the second straight year. Palmer struggled throughout, finding the rough, bunkers and gallery.

Irwin, the winner three of the previous four years, took five straight skins on the back nine for his $200,000, but couldn't convert his 25-foot birdie putt on third extra hole, setting the stage for Trevino's wining putt

On the final hole in regulation, Trevino made an 18-foot putt, and Irwin forced the playoff with a 7-footer.

Nicklaus had the lead for most of the day after a birdie on the par-3 eighth gave him seven skins and $160,000. After the next three holes carried over, Trevino birdied the 440-yard No. 12 to take four skins and $120,000. He also won No. 1 for $20,000.

Irwin birdied the 378-yard No. 17, taking three skins worth $120,000 - giving him the brief lead. The putt was set up by a wedge shot from 97 yards out.

The first six holes were worth $20,000, Nos. 7-12 $30,000, the next five $40,000 and the final hole $100,000.

Conditions at the Wailea Golf Club were muggy, overcast with slight wind. The round took nearly six hours.

The Gold Course, which features an oceanview from almost every hole, runs along the base of the dormant volcano Haleakala and plays to a par 72 at 6,844 yards. It is surrounded by palm trees, white-sand bunkers and lava rocks.

The four players have won a combined 267 tour events, including 37 majors, and $48.3 million on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.

The players donated 20 percent of their winnings to charities.

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