U.S. SENIOR OPEN
Sunday's Running Updates July 30, 2011 By USGA

5:57 p.m. - Olin Browne may have saved his best for last, as he drained a nifty 28-foot putt on the 18th hole to win the U.S. Senior Open by three strokes over Mark O'Meara. When Browne's putt disappeared into the hole for his only birdie of the day, he raised his arms in triumph for a solid 15 seconds.

 

"I was always OK today," said Brown in reference to his nerves."I was jumpy today. I told my wife my stomach was churning a little bit. I knew if I could stay patient, I could settle into the round."

 

Browne became the first wire-to-wire finisher since Dale Douglass in 1986. Except for one bogey, Browne was a model of consistency, earning his only birdie on No. 18.

 

"My hat's off to him. He hung in there, he had a two-shot lead entering 18 and he didn't get flustered," said O'Meara.

 

5:45 p.m. - Olin Browne strengthened his grip on winning the 2011 U.S. Senior Open after making a 10-foot putt to save par on No. 17. He leads Mark O'Meara by two strokes as the two head to the 18th hole. Browne is trying to become only the second player to go wire to wire in the championship. The only other player to do it was Dale Douglass in 1986.

5:39 p.m. - Mark Calcavecchia ended his round shooting 11-under 273. Hale Irwin and Joey Sindelar both came in at 10-under 274. Olin Browne has a two-stroke lead on Mark O'Meara with two holes to go.

5:26 p.m. - Mark O'Meara had a tap-in putt on No. 16, but it was for bogey. In the meantime, Olin Browne, who was in O'Meara's grouping, two-putted from 20 feet for par. Browne opened up a two-shot lead with two holes to play.

Mark Calcavecchia pulled within three shots after he birdied the 17th hole with a 4-foot putt.

5:18 p.m. - Reigning champion Bernhard Langer finished his U.S. Senior Open with a wave to the crowd after knocking in a short putt on the 18th hole. Langer shot 1-under 70 on Sunday and finished 7-under 277 total.

5:03 p.m. - Hale Irwin rolled in a 20-footer for birdie on the par-4 16th that put him at 10 under par. Irwin took off his hat and waved to the gallery as he fished his ball out of the hole.

4:36 p.m. - Mark O'Meara found trouble on the par-4 13th hole as he needed to make an 8-footer to avoid double bogey. He fell one stroke behind Olin Browne, who was at 14 under. Here's how it stands:

Browne -14

O'Meara -13

Calcavecchia -11

Sindelar -11

3:39 p.m. - Putting pressure on Olin Browne and Mark O'Meara, Mark Calcavecchia stroked in a 6-foot putt for birdie on the par 4 10th hole. He stands at 11 under par with Peter Senior and Joey Sindelar.

3:28 p.m. - Olin Browne drove his ball into the right rough on the par-5 eighth hole, reached the green in three shots and stood over a 33-footer for birdie. He left the ensuing putt 6 feet short. He failed to get up and down, immediately walking off the putt when he struck the ball. He fell into a tie with Mark O'Meara at 14 under. It was his first bogey of the round.

Peter Senior dropped to 11 under after guiding in an 8-footer for birdie.

3:14 p.m. - After Mark O'Meara pulled even with Olin Browne, at 15 under, on the sixth hole, he lost a stroke on the par-4 seventh when he yanked his 7-foot putt for bogey. While that was happening, Joey Sindelar made a move up the scoreboard, birdieing the par-5 eighth hole.

2:49 p.m. - Just as quick as Mark O'Meara pulled even with Olin Browne, he fell off the pace on the next hole. He bogeyed the par-4 fifth hole to fall to 14 under.

2:39 p.m. - Forging a tie with Olin Browne, Mark O'Meara birdied the par-5 fourth hole to get to 15 under. In four U.S. Senior Open appearances, O'Meara's best finish came in 2009 when he finished tied for sixth.

2:32 - Damon Green, playing in his first Senior Open, shot 3-under 34 on his outward nine. Although he's eight under and seven strokes off the lead, he began the day five under par. In other news, Steve Pate also shot 3-under 34 on his outward nine and John Huston carded a 2-under 35.

2:20 p.m. - Mark Calcavecchia moved up the board with a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole. He stands at 11 under par. In his only other U.S. Senior Open appearance, Calcavecchia finished in a tie for 24th. Peter Senior birdied No. 4, too, and went to 10 under par.

2:08 p.m. The scoreboard looks like this:

 

Browne -15

O'Meara -14

Calcavecchia -10

Sindelar -10

Pavin -9

Senior -9

Sluman -9

2 p.m. - While Olin Browne was busy saving par on the first hole, his fellow competitor, Mark O'Meara, birdied the same hole. O'Meara pulled within one stroke of Browne, who was 15 under par.

1:47 - Joey Sindelar birdied the second hole to reach a double-digit number under par.  His 10 under put him in a tie with Mark Calcavecchia. Sindelar finished second in the 2009 U.S. Senior Open.

1:37 p.m. - Mark Calcavecchia registered double digits under par after birdieing the par-4 first hole. He's 10 under, five strokes behind leader Olin Browne.

1:34 p.m. - Loren Roberts moved up the leaderboard after birdieing the third and fourth holes. He's seven under par for the championship.

1:27 p.m. - Corey Pavin has started his fourth round with a bang. He's birdied three of his first four holes to drop to nine under par. He had consecutive birdies on Nos. 2, 3 and 4.

1:24 p.m. - Damon Green, who is Zach Johnson's caddie on the PGA Tour, birdied the par-5 fourth hole and stands at seven under par.

1:18 p.m. - A birdie on the par-3 third put Corey Pavin at eight under, seven strokes off Olin Browne's
advantage.

1:14 p.m. - Past U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson ran off three birdies in a row on Nos. 2, 3 and 4 to drop to six under through six holes.

1:08 p.m. - Russ Cochran's birdie streak came to an end on the par-4 ninth hole. He registered a bogey. In the meantime, past U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin birdied No. 2 to get to seven under. Jay Haas also got to seven under with a birdie on the first hole. Third-round leader Olin Browne, at 15 under par, tees off in another 40 minutes.

12:59 p.m. - Russ Cochran tied a U.S. Senior Open record when he birdied the par-5 eighth hole to get to six under. He reeled off five consecutive birdies, which was a record in the championship. He tied Isao Aoki, Bill Brask, Dale Douglass and Loren Roberts.