Jacobsen ties for third at U.S. Senior Open
Gilder finishes seventh as Doyle defends title
Peter Jacobsen tied for third and Bob Gilder finished seventh in the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday.
Allen Doyle fired a final-round 68, 2-under-par, to successfully defend his title. Doyle beat runner-up Tom Watson by two shots. Doyle totaled 272, 8-under, while Watson's closing 72 bumped him from the top spot.
Jacobsen shot 69, his third straight sub-par round at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., but a double bogey on the par-4 ninth hole and a bogey on the par-4 11th kept him from putting more pressure on Doyle down the stretch. Jacobsen matched Bruce Lietzke, who shot a fourth-round 66, at 275.
'The double bogey stopped my momentum,' said Jacobsen, who led briefly before slipping up at the ninth.
Jacobsen missed the fairway on the hole, and things got worse from there.
'I had to lay it out with 8-iron, and I hit a pitch from about 60 yards,' he said. 'It was actually a pretty good pitch, but the pin was tough. I got too aggressive and went over the green and made double bogey.'
The 55-year-old Gilder, who lives in Corvallis, finished with a 70 for a 277 total. Scott Simpson (68) and Andy Bean (69) were at 276 and tied for fifth.
Jacobsen pocketed $148,567, while Gilder took home $78,682. Doyle won $470,000, and Watson earned $280,000.
Jacobsen averaged 306.4 yards per drive over the four days, third-best in the field. Gilder averaged 296.1, fourth on the list. Statistics are based on each player's driving distance on two holes per round.
Jacobsen, 52, from Portland's Lincoln High, battled a sore hip and wouldn't rule out future surgery. In 2004, he had hip surgery and missed three months of golf before winning the U.S. Senior Open on his first attempt.
'It was better today,' he said. 'I had a big bag of ice on it all last night and this morning. ... I want to try to get through the year and kind of assess my options.'
Watson three-poutted two of the first three holes for bogeys. That helped Doyle become the first repeat winner of the U.S. Senior Open since Gary Player in 1987-88.
D.A. Weibring took the lead with seven birdies on the first 12 holes Sunday. He got to 7-under before finishing with a 68 to tie Jay Haas (69) and Loren Roberts (73) for eighth place. Roberts got into contention on Saturday with a 62, the lowest 18-hole score in USGA championship history.