Nicklaus Wins Big at Senior Skins


2005 WendyMAUI, Hawaii -- Jack Nicklaus collected 11 skins and $340,000 on Saturday to easily win the Wendy's Champions Skins Game.
Skins Game rookie Craig Stadler cooled off after a hot start. He walked away with five skins and $108,000. Tom Watson, the 2004 champion, won two of the last three holes to collect $80,000. Arnold Palmer was shut out on the Gold Course at Wailea Golf Resort.
Stadler and Palmer halved the first hole. At the par-5 second, Nicklaus and Palmer rolled in short par putts. However, Stadler chipped his third shot within 3 feet and kicked in the birdie putt to win the first two skins.
The Walrus drained a 20-foot birdie putt at the third to win his third skin. Stadler dropped his second shot 2 feet from the hole at the fourth and knocked in the birdie putt to walk off the fourth green with his fourth skin.
Stadler halved Nicklaus at the next. Nicklaus kept trying to break through, but his birdie at No. 6 was matched by Watson. The following two holes were also halved to make the ninth worth five skins.
Nicklaus drained a 5-foot birdie putt at the ninth, but the skins were not his yet. Stadler had a 4-foot try, but he was unable to convert and Nicklaus walked away with the five skins and $130,000.
Nicklaus was out of the next two holes, but they were both halved. The Golden Bear remained hot as he halved Nos. 12 and 13 with a par and birdie, respectively. Nicklaus collected another five skins and $170,000 when he drained a 6-foot birdie putt at the 14th.
The 65-year-old Nicklaus ran home a 14-foot birdie putt at the 15th for his final skin and another $40,000. Watson got on the board with skins at 16 and 17.
Stadler won the final hole to earn his fifth skin.
Palmer, who won this event three times in the early 1990's, was a factor in just nine holes.
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