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Wood Nails Down First Champions Tour Title
Willie Wood, a Monday qualifier, closed with a 4-under 68 to tie Michael Allen at 13-under 203, then won with a par on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open for his first victory on the Champions Tour. The 54-hole, $1.8 million Champions Tour event took place at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y.
Wood, a 51-year-old from Texas who now resides in Oklahoma, carded six birdies - including a crucial one on the 18th that tied Allen - and a double-bogey on the par-3 fourth hole Sunday. Allen fired five birdies, an eagle on the par-5 12th and a lone bogey en route to a 66.
On the playoff hole, Allen's drive went way left where he was forced to take a drop from a water feature, essentially ending his chances for a fourth victory on the over-50 circuit. Wood played the hole safely, and secured his first title since the 1996 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, his only victory on the PGA Tour.
The win was worth $270,000. "I've worked really hard for this," Wood said in a television interview. "Now I have a place to play without having to go through Monday qualifying. That's a good feeling."
Finishing tied for third at 204 were Joey Sindelar (66), Kenny Perry (67), Tom Lehman (67) and Brad Faxon (71).
Defending champion and 36-hole leader John Huston, struggled on Sunday, closing with a 5-over 77 to drop all the way down the leaderboard into a tie for 21st at 209.
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