Roberts birdies 18th for 1-shot win|
Endicott, NY (Sports Network) - Loren Roberts birdied the 18th hole Sunday to
shoot a seven-under 65 and win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open by one shot.
Roberts holed a chip shot from in front of the No. 12 green for an eagle that
kickstarted a back-nine charge ending with a seven-foot birdie putt at the
He finished three rounds on the En-Joie course with a 15-under 201, earning
$255,000 for his 12th career Champions Tour win and first of the season.
Fred Funk also shot a 65, but it didn't hold up against Roberts and he settled
for second place at 14-under 202.
Second-round leader Dan Forsman was still ahead after 14 holes Sunday, but he
couldn't survive three late bogeys on the way to a 71 that dropped him into a
share of third place at 13-under 203.
Nick Price (68) and Wayne Levi (69) also finished at 203.
Roberts began the day four shots off the lead and wasn't gaining much ground
despite playing the front nine at two-under par. His situation changed after
he eagled the par-five 12th
"That just ignited me right there," said Roberts, who went on to birdie the
next two holes to climb within two strokes of Forsman's lead.
Roberts tied Forsman with a birdie at the 16th, where he lagged a putt from in
front of the green to within three feet. But he missed a 10-footer at the 17th
and made bogey, dropping into a share of first with Forsman and Funk.
Eying Funk's clubhouse number of 14-under, Roberts knocked his approach shot
to seven feet at No. 18 and made the birdie to post a 30 on the back nine and
take the lead by one shot.
No one in the last two groups -- including Forsman -- could catch Roberts,
handing the reigning Charles Schwab Cup champion his first victory in 10
"Obviously I just played great on the back side (of the course) and that was
the whole tournament," said Roberts.
Funk only made two bogeys in 54 holes -- none in the final round -- and posted
his second top-five finish of the season.
"I had a ton of opportunities and I putted really well. I just did everything
really good today and it felt good," said Funk, who is winless since last
year's U.S. Senior Open.
Forsman was done in by a couple of missed short putts on the back nine. He
took a bogey at the 14th that trimmed his lead to a shot, then later missed a
birdie opportunity from four feet at the 16th when he was tied for the lead
with Roberts and Funk.
NOTES: Roberts won three times in 2009, including a three-way playoff victory
at the Senior British Open that also included Funk...Mark Calcavecchia tied
for sixth place in his Champions Tour debut, three shots back...Ken Green
withdrew from the tournament on Sunday. Green continues his comeback after
losing the bottom part of his leg following a 2009 road accident that killed
his brother and girlfriend.
06/27 17:07:48 ET