Gene Sauers watches his putt on the 15th green during the final round of the Senior PGA Championship golf tournament at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich., Sunday, May 29, 2016. Gene Sauers finished tied for 14th place with a score of 9 under
Robert Franklin
August 15, 2016

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) 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.

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