BLAINE (AP) -- Bruce Lietzke needed three tournaments and a little practice to win on the Senior PGA Tour.
Lietzke won his first senior title Sunday, shooting a 3-under 69 to beat Doug Tewell by two strokes in the 3M Championship.
"I even came out here Tuesday and played a practice round. If you know me, you know that's rare," said Lietzke, known for his maintenance-free swing and long breaks from competition.
The breakthrough victory came a week after former University of Houston teammate Bobby Wadkins won the Long Island Classic in his senior debut.
"Bobby winning last week was both an inspiration and a motivation to me," Lietzke said. "Bobby must have shook off any negative thoughts he might have had about playing out here, and I used that as a motivator this week."
Lietzke, playing just his third event since turning 50 on July 26, broke out of the pack with birdies on Nos. 11 and 14. He made five birdies and saved par with a 10-foot putt on No. 17.
"I definitely didn't have my 'A' putting game, but I made a couple of key putts and my ball hitting got me around the course," Lietzke said. "I struggled with the wind, but I think everyone did."
The 13-time PGA Tour winner finished at 9-under 207 on the TPC of the Twin Cities, and earned $262,500 -- his second-biggest payday in his 26-year professional career. It was his first victory since the 1994 Las Vegas Open on the PGA Tour.
He started the final round one behind Hale Irwin and Spain's Jose Maria Canizares after a second-round 66 that included a hole-in-one on No. 4.
Lietzke, who long ago cut his schedule to spend time with his family, finished 24th three weeks ago in his senior debut, and was ninth two weeks ago in the State Farm Classic.
"I didn't want to put expectations on myself," Lietzke said. "If you go out and expect things on the golf course, you're going to be disappointed. I played my first two tournaments last month and found that I was a little rusty. Then sitting at home and watching what Bobby did last week was an extra motivator."
Tewell shot a 67 to finish second.
Hale Irwin, the winner in 1997 and 1999 at Bunker Hills, began the round at 8 under, but shot a 74 to fall into a four-way tie for third at 6 under.
Irwin bogeyed No. 1, hit in the water and double-bogeyed No. 2, then bogeyed No. 4 to fall to 4 under. He birdied Nos. 5, 6 and 11 to get back to 7 under, but his momentum stalled.
"I three-putted the first hole, then I had that silly water ball on No. 2," Irwin said. "It was like a cold water slap in the face. I dug myself out of that hole and had a chance to tie for the lead on 12 but I missed a short birdie putt. That killed me. It was just one of those days when I couldn't get anything going."
The three-time U.S. Open winner had won 16 of 20 times when he either led or shared the lead going into the last round of a 54-hole tourney.
Canizares (74), Bruce Fleisher (71) and Gil Morgan (70) also finished 6 under. Wadkins (72), Jim Ahern (70) and Tom Jenkins (71) were another stroke back at 211.
Ahern briefly held the lead at 8 under before giving three strokes back with bogeys on Nos. 14, 15 and 17.
Tewell, who earned $154,000, started the day tied for 16th after opening rounds of 69 and 73.
"I got it going early but I'm a little disappointed with my last eight holes," Tewell said. "I had some chances."
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