Eger, McNulty win Legends of Golf playoff|
Savannah, GA (Sports Network) - David Eger and Mark McNulty parred the second
playoff hole on Sunday to capture the Legends of Golf.
On the fateful hole, No. 18, all four players involved, including the runner-
up pairing of Kenny Perry and Scott Hoch, missed the green. Each third shot
was within a few feet, and it seemed as though they would head to a third
But it wasn't meant to be.
After Eger and McNulty recorded their par, Hoch missed a par putt from about
eight feet. Perry still had a chance to extend the playoff with a putt from
14 inches away, but he, too, was off the mark, giving Eger and McNulty the
"It's a 14-inch putt that you don't even think much of, but when it's all on
the line, things change," Perry said. "I pushed it, and it didn't go in, so
typical. But it's the only bogey we made all week."
The champions were already looking ahead at the moment, never expecting Perry
to miss the short putt.
"Extremely surprised," Eger said in a television interview. "We were trying to
figure out if we're going back to 18 or back to 10, and I never expected Kenny
to miss that putt."
"It's never over until it's over, but very sad for Kenny," McNulty said in the
Eger and McNulty entered the day four shots off the lead, but posted an
impressive 11-under 61 en route to the victory. They finished at 27-under-par
189, made possible by Eger's 35-foot birdie putt up the ridge at the 18th.
It's McNulty's eighth career Champions Tour victory and first since 2009,
while Eger won his fourth title on tour. It's the first win for both players
at this event.
Following Hoch and Perry, who shot a 64, Russ Cochran and Mark Wiebe finished
in a share of third at minus-26 after a 12-under 60 on Sunday, which tied for
the best single round of the tournament.
Joining Cochran and Wiebe in third were Michael Allen/David Frost, Tom
Lehman/Corey Pavin, Joe Ozaki/Ian Baker-Finch and Keith Fergus/Wayne Levi.
After Eger hit possibly the shot of the tournament just to get into the
clubhouse with the lead and eventually the playoff, his partner McNulty began
the first extra hole -- No. 18 -- with a perfect drive down the fairway.
Hoch and Perry looked to be in trouble after each missed the fairway,
including Perry's shot into the right bunker. Perry, though, recovered to hit
his approach to about 15 feet, while McNulty did the same.
Both players missed their birdie chances and settled for easy tap-in pars, so
the teams headed back to No. 18 to begin the second playoff hole.
Going at the 18th again didn't turn out as well for the teams, even though
McNulty and Eger both teed off into the fairway. All four players' second
shots missed the green, and each had a good chip to within a few feet of the
Just when it looked like a third playoff hole would be needed, however, Hoch
and Perry both misfired on short chances, as Eger and McNulty captured the
"I thought I had a pretty good putt and I thought I made mine, and (Perry)
just hit a poor putt," Hoch said. "It's the only poor putt he hit. He did so
much for the team, he played well, just hate -- you know, leaves it sour. You
would rather lose to a birdie obviously than make a bogey."
Eger and McNulty needed a great round in regulation on Sunday to contend, and
they did just that.
The pair began the day with five birdies in six holes, and a birdie at the
ninth put them at 22-under. After a par at the 10th, the team birdied four out
of the next five holes to tie the leaders at minus-26.
Eger had a long birdie putt from just under the ridge on the 18th green, and
it fell to give the pair the clubhouse lead.
Eger, who had ankle surgery last year, and McNulty, who had his knee replaced
last summer, were happy to be able to come back after their injuries.
"It's really nice to think about winning a tournament after all the physical
issues we both had last year," Eger said. "It's really nice."
Hoch and Perry birdied five of the first seven holes of the back nine to get
to 27-under, but couldn't birdie either of the last two holes to win outright.
NOTES: Second-round co-leaders Peter Senior/Sandy Lyle shot a five-under 67
and finished tied for eighth at minus-25...Defending champions Mark O'Meara
and Nick Price shared 12th after finishing 23-under-par...This was the third
consecutive year and fourth out of five that this tournament went to a
playoff...After a one-week break, the Champions Tour will return to action at
the Tradition, the tour's first major of the year. Fred Funk earned a one-
stroke win over Chien Soon Lu and Michael Allen last year, when the event
was held in Oregon in August.
04/24 17:55:37 ET