Steve Flesch wins 1st PGA Tour title in 38-hole day

From FOX Sports - April 14, 2018

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 forecast rain and lightning. Bernhard Langer dropped out on the first extra hole.

You never know if youre ever going to win again, Flesch said. Honestly, its 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 shots going to be in the bunker, which is no bargain. I just didnt 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 the 50-and-over tour 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 didnt 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.

Facing a forecast of 1 1/2 inches of rain overnight Sunday and the threat of lightning Sunday, tournament officials decided Friday to play both the second and third rounds Saturday.

Any 36-hole day is really tough, Flesch said. Being able to use the carts today certainly helped with some of the hills out there here at Sugarloaf. Its more mentally taxing to me than physically taxing, especially if youre in the mix kind of like that all day. I know Ill sleep great tonight, but mentally Im more exhausted than physically.

Because of the possibility of the playoff finishing Sunday, the players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairway during the extra holes.


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