BRANSON MO NEWS: DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Steve Flesch needed 38 holes Saturday to win the Mitsubishi Electric Classic for his first PGA TOUR Champions victory.
The 50-year-old Flesch won with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff with Scott Parel at TPC Sugarloaf in the event completed a day early because of Sunday’s forecast for heavy rain and lightning. Bernhard Langer was eliminated on the first extra hole.
“You never know if you’re ever going to win again,” Flesch said. “Honestly, it’s been harder than I anticipated winning on this tour. The guys are so good. That Langer guy is hard to beat.”
Parel bogeyed the par-5 18th on the second playoff hole after his approach hit the bank short and left and went into the water.
“I just was in between clubs a little bit,” Parel said. “I had like 209 (yards), which is probably about as bad a yardage that I can have, so I had to kind of choke up on a hybrid a little bit and not try to hit it too hard. If I hit it right, a normal shot’s going to be in the bunker, which is no bargain. I just didn’t hit it as crisply as I needed to.”
Flesch hit long and right into the back bunker, and blasted out to 3 feet. The left-hander won in his 22nd start on PGA TOUR Champions after winning four times on the PGA TOUR.
“When Scott hit it in the water, the most important thing for me was to obviously not hit it in the water.” Flesch said. “So, I just changed my line where I aimed. I didn’t aim it as close to the hole. I made sure that my mistake was going to be long in the bunker and just clear the water.”
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