Paul Goydos insisted he had enough club to win his over-50s playoff duel against Gene Sauers on Sunday - even though his approach to the green barely made it.
This on the first extra hole in a sudden-death playoff after the two had tied at the top of the leaderboard in the 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities.
Goydos, who had shot a stunning tournament record 60 on Saturday, closed with a 66 on Sunday to total 196 and top the leaderboard after the regulation three rounds but then so too did Sauers who also shot a 66 before next putting his ball in the water guarding the green when the two went back to the 18th for the first playoff hole.
Goydos was 177 yards out on the same par-5 hole and, having seen Sauers find water, he decided to play it safe and rather be long than short so he selected a four iron instead of the five he would normally have hit from the distance confronting him.
He did make the green, but only just after hitting the ball thin from its down hill lie. It cleared the lake by inches and with great relief, he saw it run to the back of the green.
"I thought it'd carry by more than it did; that may have been because of the heavier air," he told reporters afterwards. "The 4-iron was the right club to hit. I just didn't quite catch it."
No matter, for two putts later Goydos was celebrating his first Champions Tour win this year and his fifth overall.
LEADING FINAL SCORES
(US unless stated)
196 Paul Goydos 70 60 66, Gene Sauers 66 64 66. (Goydos won the playoff after the first extra hole.)
198 Kevin Sutherland 69 65 64, Brandt Jobe 67 64 67, Steve Stricker 69 63 66
199 Scott Verplank 66 67 66
200 Wes Short Jr 70 68 62, Marco Dawson 66 66 68, Duffy Waldorf 68 65 67, Kenny Perry 65 65 70
201 Mike Goodes 65 68 68, Scott Dunlap 68 63 70
202 Billy Andrade 68 69 65, Doug Garwood 68 67 67, Steve Flesch 67 67 68, Bernhard Langer (GER) 69 66 67, Joe Durant 67 66 69.
203 Kent Jones 68 69 66, Lee Janzen 70 67 66, Michael Bradley 70 64 69, Colin Montgomerie (SCO) 67 66 70, Gary Hallberg 69 64 70.
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