Nicklaus Watson win Champions Skins Game


Champions TourKAANAPALI, Hawaii – Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson held off a late charge by defending champions Fuzzy Zoeller and Ben Crenshaw to win the Champions Skins Game on Sunday.

Nicklaus, who turns 70 on Thursday, and Watson birdied two holes to earn three skins worth $130,000 on the back nine. They finished with 10 skins worth $350,000 for their second victory in the event in four years.

Zoeller-Crenshaw took five straight skins for $230,000 to finish second in the alternate-shot, made-for-TV event. They were trying to become the first team to repeat after winning a record $530,000 last year.

Fred Couples, making his Champions Tour debut, and Nick Price sank a 4-footer for birdie on the playoff hole with two skins and $150,000 on the line, including the 18th-hold “Superskin,” to finish third with $190,000.

Gary Player and Loren Roberts were shutout.