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Zarley wins TransAmerica

NAPA, Calif., Oct. 9 -- Kermit Zarley birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Isao Aoki on Sunday to win the $600,000 TransAmerica senior golf tournament at the Silverado Country Club. Zarley tapped in a short birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole, the first playoff hole, to clinch his first victory since joining the Senior Tour in 1991.

Aoki trailed by five strokes after Saturday's second round, but tied Bob Charles 2-year-old course record with a 9-under-par 63. He surged into the lead and waited as Zarley birdied the 18th hole to force the playoff. A victory would have been Aoki's third in four weeks. Aoki and Zarley were tied at 12-under 204 after 54 holes and headed to the Senior Tour's seventh playoff of the season. Zarley, 53, shot a final-round 66 and captured the $90,000 first prize. He lost a sudden-death playoff to Lee Trevino at the Royal Caribbean Classic in February and finished in a second-place tie at the Bruno's Memorial Classic in June. J.C. Snead, defending champion Dave Stockton and Gary Player were tied for third at 10-under 206. Snead and Stockton fired final-round 66s, while Player, who shared the second-round lead, carded a 70. Five golfers finished at 9-under 207, including Jim Dent, Jack Kiefer, John Paul Cain, Bob Brue and second-round leader Jay Sigel. The par-72 Silverado Country Club Course is a 6,632-yard layout.

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