Golf roundup: Brian Gay birdies playoff hole to win Bermuda Championship
Just over a year away from being able to join the PGA Tour Champions, Gay won for the fifth time in his PGA Tour career and earned a return to the Masters next April.
His last victory was at the Humana Challenge in the California desert in January 2013.
Clark was going for his first PGA Tour victory and had a 10-foot birdie putt at the end of regulation for the win. The putt stayed out to the right, and he had to make a 3-footer for a 65 to get into the playoff at Port Royal.
The Trojans ended last season on a whimper, but so many things since have gone right for Clay Helton, who needs to translate that into a big season.
Back to the 18th, Gay’s approach was left of the flag about 12 feet away. Clark, a 26-year-old who hits it plenty farther than Gay, hit a wedge to about 7 feet. Gay made his sharp-breaking birdie putt, while Clark missed his putt.
Ollie Schniederjans, playing on a sponsor exemption, closed with a 66 and finished alone in third.
Gay was No. 328 in the world. He is the fourth player outside the top 300 to win on the PGA Tour eight tournaments into the new season.
PGA Tour Champions
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Darren Clarke two-putted for birdie on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-shot victory in the TimberTech Championship, his first title on the PGA Tour Champions.
Clarke rapped his 30-foot eagle attempt just past the hole, and then had to wait to see if Jim Furyk could make his eagle putt from about 25 feet. The putt stayed left of the hole, and Furyk had to settle for a 68.
Bernhard Langer was 16 under for the final round until making bogeys on the 15th and 17th holes that cost him. He birdied the final hole for a 67 and shared second place with Furyk. It was enough for Langer to regain the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup.
The PGA Tour Champions wraps up 2020 next week with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix, although the season will be extended to include 2021 because of tournaments lost from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 52-year-old Clarke of Northern Ireland won the British Open at Royal St. George’s in 2011 for his only major. He started the final round tied for the lead with Robert Karlsson, who shot 71.
Clarke finished at 17-under 199.
John Daly, who shared the lead after one round with a 64, finished 73-71 and tied for 26th.
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