Toledo, OH (Sports Network) - Olin Browne had just one birdie in the final round Sunday and it came on the 18th hole as he wrapped up his first major championship title in style at the U.S. Senior Open.
Browne managed an even-par 71 in the final round to win by three strokes. He ended at 15-under-par 269.
After setting the nine-hole scoring record on Saturday as well as the 54-hole scoring mark, Browne came up two strokes shy of the 72-hole scoring record.
"It was a really hard day for me. I knew the course was going to play a lot tougher today," Browne said in a television interview. "The wind was blowing, the greens were drying out a little bit and even though I couldn't get anything going, my only bogey was a three-putt on the front nine."
Mark O'Meara briefly grabbed a share of the lead on the front nine at Inverness Club, but he couldn't keep pace on the back nine. O'Meara shot one- over 72 to finish alone in second place at minus-12.
Mark Calcavecchia shot two-under 69 to take third at 11-under-par 273.
Browne and O'Meara were paired together for the second straight day. No other player made a move to put pressure on the final pairing.
O'Meara made an early move to create a two-way tie. He birdied the first from six feet out, then kicked in a two-footer for birdie on the fourth to join Browne in the lead.
The 54-year-old O'Meara gave a stroke right back on the fifth, but responded with an eight-foot birdie putt on the sixth to again join Browne atop the leaderboard.
Meanwhile, Browne was playing U.S. Open-type golf. He opened with seven consecutive pars to hold steady at 15-under.
After O'Meara tripped to a bogey on the seventh, Browne dropped a shot on the eighth as he three-putted for bogey.
From there, it was more of the same for Browne. He cruised to nine straight pars as no one was challenging him for the lead.
Browne could have three-putted the final green and still won. Instead, he drained a 25-footer for a closing birdie to seal his first victory anywhere since the 2005 Deutsche Bank Championship on the PGA Tour.
"I drove it awful today, but I put a new putter in this week," Browne stated on TV. "And that made a big difference. It really helped me out."
O'Meara dropped two more strokes on the back nine to end alone in second. The 2010 Senior Players Championship winner was chasing his second major on the Champions Tour and fourth of his career as his last two PGA Tour titles were in 1998 at the Masters and the British Open.
Joey Sindelar (70) and Hale Irwin (68) shared fourth place at 10-under-par 274. Peter Senior closed with an even-par 71 and was one stroke back at minus- nine.
Bernhard Langer, the 2010 champion, managed a one-under 70 to finish alongside three other players at seven-under-par 277.
NOTES: Browne, who became the second player in championship history to go wire-to-wire, collected $470,000 for the victory...Dale Douglass, the 1986 U.S. Senior Open champ, was the other wire-to-wire winner...Irwin's tie for fourth was his eighth top-10 finish at the U.S. Senior Open, which tied Miller Barber and Jack Nicklaus for the most in this championship...Amateur Tim Jackson became the first player to take three straight low amateur honors at the U.S. Senior Open.
07/31 19:03:02 ET