Saturday 22 July 2017

Slocum thrilled after 'huge' putt helps end drought

Heath Slocum holed a 60-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole en route to a one-stroke victory over Bill Haas in the inaugural McGladrey Classic at St Simons Island in Georgia, USA.

Slocum, despite a bogey at the last, posted a two-under-par 68 for a 14-under-par total of 266 for his first victory of the season and fourth of his US PGA Tour career.

"The putt on 16, I mean that's the tournament winner," said 36-year-old Slocum, the overnight leader whose last win came at the 2009 Barclays, the opening event of the FedEx Cup play-offs.

"It goes in from where you could three-putt more times than you're going to make it. When that went in, that was huge."

Haas, who won last week's Viking Classic, eagled the par-five 15th to reach 13-under-par but could not gain another stroke, parring the last three holes for a 66.

The 28-year-old Haas said he had an ideal chance for birdie at the par-four 16th but messed it up.

"I hit a perfect drive there and had a perfect sand wedge distance, and I just pulled it," he said. "It was just a bad shot."

Tied for third place on 12-under-par were Australian Robert Allenby, Arjun Atwal of India and American David Toms.

Atwal (66) posted five birdies before slipping up with a bogey at the 18th, while Allenby registered six birdies before taking a disastrous double-bogey at the last to ruin his bid for victory.

Irish Independent

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