CARY, NC (AP) Lee Janzen made a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Miguel Angel Jimenez on Sunday to win the SAS Championship of PGA Tour Champions.
“Crazy. I just need to get through this so I can have a moment to myself soon,” Janzen said. “When you step into the heat of a tournament, it’s emotional. .
Janzen, 57, also birdied an 18th par 4 in regulation, hitting a side putt, in an Under-67 final game in the regular season final.
“For making those two putts I made on 18, ridiculous,” Janzen said. “If you putt for nothing and you’re completely calm it’s hard to put those putts, but with the tournament in play, it’s even harder.
The two-time US Open champion won the 2015 ACE Group Classic for his only other senior title.
“It’s been quite a while,” Janzen said. “I was just trying to have a good tournament. I mean, forget about winning the tournament, I just wanted to have a good tournament. I participated in the playoffs. I don’t even know where this puts me.
Jimenez finished with a 69 to tie Janzen at 12 under 204 at Prestonwood Country Club. The 57-year-old Spanish player has 10 senior victories. He hit his approach to the green in the playoffs and landed a foot before Janzen won the game.
Jim Furyk (67) and Alex Cejka (70) fell back suddenly.
Charles Schwab Cup points leader Bernhard Langer (70) was 10 points short of Paul Broadhurst (68), Thongchai Jaidee (69) and Scott Parel (70).
The top 72 players on the silver list advanced to the playoffs with Monday qualifier Jaidee rising from 82nd to 72nd. Davis Love III is tied for 20th place to drop from 75th to 71st.
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