[to top of second column]
"It's something that I've always wanted to do, is to win in Hawaii," said Watson, whose father died here 10 years ago. "He loved it over here. My mom loved it over here. I've always loved Hawaii."
Couples didn't seem too upset with the runner-up finish. His first question walking off the green was, "Who won the football game?"
"I had a wonderful time. I think I was 21-under par and didn't win a tournament. That hasn't happened too many times," said Couples, who was trying to become the 16th player to win his Champions Tour debut.
The 21-under par equaled the second-lowest score on the Champions Tour not to win a 54-hole event.
The 15-time PGA Tour winner hasn't hoisted a trophy since the 2003 Shell Houston Open. Last year, he had four top-10 finishes in 16 starts on the regular tour and finished 75th on the money list.
Couples took his first lead by eagling the 566-yard 10th to reach 18 under. He hit an iron from the first cut of rough, setting up his 6-foot putt.
While the fans came to see Couples, Watson may have had a slight homefield advantage.
Watson purchased one of the sprawling homes at Hualalai about a year ago. He was also teammates with the course designer, Nicklaus, a week ago at the Skins Game. They finished with 10 skins and $350,000 for their second victory in four years.
For his Mitsubishi victory, Watson takes home $315,000 and hook-shaped trophy. It was his first official win since teaming with Andy North to win the 2008 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
Michael Allen birdied the final hole for a 66 to finish third at 18 under, a stroke ahead of Tom Lehman (68). Both men played last week in the PGA Tour's Sony Open, with Lehman tying for 16th and Allen tying for 25th.
The 64-year-old Hale Irwin, a two-time champion at Hualalai, closed with a 64 to finish fifth at 14 under. It was his second top-10 finish in a row after going 41 straight tournaments without one.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
< Sports index
Back to top
News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries
Law & Courts |
Spiritual Life |
Health & Fitness |
Calendar | Letters to the Editor