Monday, April 16, 2018

Left-hander Flesch beats Langer and Parel in US Seniors' Tour play-off as Monty finishes T51

DULUTH, Georgia (AP) -- Steve Flesch needed 38 holes Saturday to win the Mitsubishi Electric Classic for his first US PGA TOUR Champions victory and his first success anywhere since 2007 since when he has played in 169 tournaments.

The 50-year-old American  left-hander won with a birdie on the second hole of a three-man play-off with Scott Parel and Bernhard Langer at TPC Sugarloaf in the event completed a day early because of Sunday's forecast for heavy rain and lightning.
Langer was eliminated at the first extra hole.

Steve Flesch had a 54-hole total of 11 under par 205 made up of scores of 66, 71 and 68.

Scott Parel equalled the course record of 64 in his third round for an 11 under par total of 205 (68-73-64).

"You never know if you're ever going to win again," Flesch said. "Honestly, it's been harder than I anticipated winning on this (seniors) tour. The guys are so good. That Langer guy is hard to beat."

Parel bogeyed the par-5 18th on the second play-off hole after his approach hit the bank short and left and went into the water.

Facing a forecast of 1 1/2 inches of rain overnight and the threat of lightning Sunday, tournament officials decided Friday to play both the second and third (final) rounds Saturday.

"Any 36-hole day is really tough," Flesch said. "It's more mentally taxing to me than physically taxing, especially if you're in the mix  all day. I know I'll sleep great tonight, but mentally I'm more exhausted than physically."

Flesch and Parel birdied the 18th to start the playoff. Flesch and Parel each reached the green in two, with Parel leaving a 60-foot eagle try 3 feet short, and Flesch rolling a 50-footer to a foot. Langer laid up and missed a 15-foot birdie try.

Parel matched the course record with an 8-under 64, making a 15-foot birdie putt on 18 in regulation to post at 11 under. Flesch and Langer missed chances to win on 18 in regulation. Flesch missed a long eagle try, and Langer's 15-foot birdie putt went to the left. Flesch shot 68, and Langer had a 69.
       Colin Montgomerie tied for 51st place on 221 with scores of 74, 76 and 71.




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