Tom Pernice Jr. wins PGA Tour Champion playoff opener
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Tom Pernice Jr. won the first playoff event in PGA Tour Champions history, beating Colin Montgomerie by a stroke Sunday at Sherwood Country Club.
The 57-year-old Tom Pernice Jr. closed with a 2-under 70, breaking a tie for the lead with Montgomerie with an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th and adding a 15-footer on the par-3 15th.
Pernice bogeyed the par-3 17th and two-putted for par from 15 feet on the par-4 18th.
Pernice won for the fifth time on the 50-and-over tour, ending a drought that stretched to the 2014 Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The two-time PGA Tour winner had a 13-under 203 total. He shot a 64 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Brandt Jobe.
Montgomerie parred the final five holes for a 70. The 53-year-old Scot won a month ago in British Columbia for his fourth tour title.
Scott Dunlap was third at 10 under after a 67.
Tour leader Bernhard Langer withdrew before the start Friday because of a left knee injury.
The 59-year-old German star leads with four victories and has wrapped up the season money title with $2,697,459. He tops the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs standings, and had a big enough advantage over second-place Miguel Angel Jimenez that he kept the No. 1 spot without playing this week.
Jimenez closed with a 75 to tie for 30th at 1 over.
The top 72 players on the money list earned spots at Sherwood, and the top 54 advanced to the Dominion Charity Classic next week in Richmond, Virginia. The field will be cut to 36 for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship the following week in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Each dollar earned in the first two events is worth two points and will be added to the regular-season total. At the Charles Schwab Championship, points will be reset so that the top five only have to win to capture the Charles Schwab Cup.
Jobe tied for 10th at 6 under after a 77.
Fred Couples had a 77 to tie for 37th at 1 over in his first tournament in eight months. The 57-year-old Couples was sidelined by a chronic back injury. He opened with rounds of 68 and 72.