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Sauers wins US Senior Open Championship

Gene Sauers holds the trophy after winning the 2016 U.S. Senior Open at the Scioto Country Club in Upper Arlington, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (Kyle Robertson / The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) A decade after battling a rare illness that nearly killed him and kept him off the golf course for seven years, Gene Sauers celebrated his first victory on the senior tour.

Sauers closed with a 1-under 69 and took advantage of another collapse by Miguel Angel Jimenez to win the rain-delayed U.S. Senior Open on Monday.

The 53-year-old from Georgia finished with three straight pars to go from a one-shot deficit to a one-shot victory over Jimenez and Billy Mayfair at Scioto Country Club. He finished with a 3-under 277 for the tournament.

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Money Leaders: Champions
Rank Player Earnings
1 B.Langer $1,784,659
2 M.Jimenez $1,304,362
3 J.Durant $1,142,112
4 G.Sauers $1,012,449
5 W.Austin $945,068
6 B.Andrade $913,793
7 S.McCarron $853,614
8 D.Waldorf $841,304
9 W.Short, Jr. $796,762
10 K.Triplett $773,778
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