Blaine McCallister birdied the second playoff hole with a 25-foot putt Sunday to win the Texas Open and leave Gary Hallberg a heartbreaking second for the second consecutive year.
The victory at San Antonio, Tex., was McCallister's first since 1989, when he won the Bank of Boston Classic and the Honda Classic. He earned $162,000 to bring his yearly total to $415,658.
McCallister shot a final-round 70, even par, and Hallberg had a 69 over the Oak Hills Country Club course. Both ended regulation with 11-under 269 totals.
"I'm a fighter. I love to win," a jubilant McCallister said. "I came here with a mission--that was to win."
On the 18th hole, both golfers made par putts to send the tournament into a playoff. On the first playoff hole--the 506-yard, par-five 10th--both players birdied.
On the 367-yard, par-four 17th, McCallister made his 25-footer.
Jim Colbert came from three strokes back with a 67, survived a host of challenges and held on for a one-stroke victory in the $1.5-million Vantage Championship, richest event on the Senior PGA Tour.
Four others--Dale Douglass, George Archer, Simon Hobday and Gibby Gilbert--had or shared the lead over the final 18 holes before Colbert acquired his second title of the season with a 205 total, 11 under par on the Tanglewood course at Clemmons, N.C.