Browne makes few mistakes to win US Senior Open

July 31, 2011 - 6:15 PM
US Senior Open Golf

Olin Browne watches his shot on the second hole during the final round of the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, Sunday, July 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Olin Browne showed little emotion until rolling in a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to clinch a three-shot victory over Mark O'Meara in the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday.

It was the biggest triumph of the journeyman's 27 years as a professional.

Browne's closing even-par 71 followed rounds of 64, 69 and 65 and left him at 15-under 269.

Making few mistakes, he parred the first seven holes. After a bogey dropped him into a tie with O'Meara (72), he played the last 10 holes in 1 under, while O'Meara made two costly bogeys.

Mark Calcavecchia shot a 69 and was alone in third at 273. Ageless Hale Irwin had a 68 was another shot back along with Joey Sindelar (70).