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Gene Sauers wins the U.S. Senior Open with a final-round 69

Gene Sauers wins the U.S. Senior Open with a final-round 69

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 one-under-par 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 three-under 277 for the tournament. 

“It hasn't sunk in yet,” he said. “It's been a long time, and I'm at a loss for words...

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