DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Steve Flesch rallied from 4 photographs behind Sunday with a 7-under 65 for a one-shot victory within the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, his second title on the TPC Sugarloaf.
Flesch additionally gained this match in 2018, his solely different win on the PGA Tour Champions.
Flesch completed the second spherical badly and figured he had nothing to lose. He even switched again to his outdated set of irons for the ultimate spherical.
“It’s been a trying couple of years,” Flesch stated. “But man, it’s really, really satisfying.”
David Toms had a two-shot lead on the again 9 when he missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the thirteenth after which a 6-footer for par on the 14th. Needing a birdie to power a playoff, Toms had a hybrid for his second shot on the par-5 18th after which selected to put up.
His wedge from 103 yards was 18 ft proper of the flag and he missed for a par and a 70.
Toms stated he changed his 5-wood with a niche wedge this week, and he wound up utilizing the wedge simply as soon as. He stated he might have used the 5-wood on the 18th.
Even so, it was the wedge for his third shot that value him.
“The time I had that yardage today I hit it about a foot on No. 10, so I felt like it was an easy shot and just didn’t hit a very good one,” Toms stated.
Toms completed one shot behind together with Padraig Harrington (64) and Fred Couples, who birdied the final gap for a 66. Harrington had a 7-foot birdie putt on the ultimate gap that missed.
Flesch completed at 11-under 205.
In the very best climate and scoring circumstances all week, Flesch ran off 5 straight birdies on the entrance 9 to no less than keep in vary of Toms, who additionally began effectively. Flesch bogeyed the final two holes on the entrance 9, and people have been the final of his errors.
A birdie putt on the fifteenth gap received him inside one in every of Toms. He saved par on the sixteenth to share the lead when Toms made bogey two teams behind him. The winner turned out to be a 12-foot birdie putt on the seventeenth gap.
Flesch additionally was in vary of going for the 18th in two photographs. He additionally selected to put up with the lead, not eager to carry water into play or a troublesome bunker to the left of the inexperienced.
Mark Walker, who needed to undergo Monday qualifying, shot 68 and completed sixth. That will get him into the following PGA Tour Champions occasion. That must wait till Iowa on June 3 as a result of the following two tournaments on majors.
The Regions Tradition is subsequent week in Alabama, adopted by the Senior PGA Championship two weeks later.
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