Champions Golf Tour
Blake outlasts three in playoff to win in Korea



Songdo, South Korea (Sports Network) - Jay Don Blake hadn't won a golf tournament in 20 years, so it was fitting that he had to wait five extra holes to finally revisit the winner's circle.

Blake outlasted three players in a five-hole playoff on Sunday to win the Songdo Championship Korea, posting a birdie on the last hole to record his first Champions Tour victory.

Blake got into the playoff with John Cook, Peter Senior and Mark O'Meara by shooting a four-under 68 in regulation, matching the others at 13-under 203 atop the leaderboard at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.

By the end of the playoff, it was a familiar foe for Blake in Cook, as O'Meara and Senior both bowed out by missing short par putts on the third playoff hole.

The pair faced off in a playoff earlier this year at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, and Cook defeated Blake on the first hole. This time, however, Blake exacted a bit of revenge, pouring in a six-foot birdie putt on the par-four 10th after Cook had an 18-footer for birdie lip out.

On the final hole, both players had their tee shots sitting next to each other, but it was Blake who made the most of his spot in the fairway.

"I had about the same yardage as the (third playoff hole)," Blake said in a televised interview. "I just hit it a little bit harder...it flew over the top and stopped about six feet. The greens are getting a little crusty, and it's hard to make putts. I hit a good putt, creeped in the right corner."

Blake hadn't recorded a top-five finish since the lost playoff with Cook, and now he has his first win since the 1991 Shearson Lehman Brothers Open.

Cook squandered several chances to come away victorious in the playoff, the first being a missed 10-foot birdie putt on the second. All four playoff participants parred the par-five 18th twice to begin the extra session, eventually moving on to No. 10.

Cook hit a fairway bunker with his tee shot, but hit an incredible approach from the sand to seven feet. Blake was a good 17 feet away from the pin, while O'Meara and Senior missed the green. After the other three missed their birdie chances, Cook missed his birdie chance.

However, the field was cut in half after the aforementioned missed par putts, and Blake and Cook went back to the 18th. Cook used a three-wood for his second shot from the fairway and came up just shy of the green -- while Blake layed up -- but Cook's pitch from 40 yards was poor and stayed well shy of the hole.

Blake had a 12-footer for the win, but missed, and they went on to the fifth and ultimately final hole.

It was Senior who, during regulation, made a surprising run to the top of the leaderboard after beginning the day in a share of 11th. He shot an eight-under 64 on Sunday, including seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch from the eighth.

Senior had short birdie putts on 17 and 18, but couldn't make either.

O'Meara shot a 67 to jump from fourth and made three birdies in the last five holes. He had a 15-foot birdie chance on the last, but his putt never had a chance.

Cook and Blake entered the day sharing second, one shot behind overnight leader Michael Allen, who stumbled to a three-over 75 and finished tied for sixth. Both of the final playoff participants shot four-under 68, with Cook's birdie at 16 and Blake's four birdies in five holes from the 13th helping advance past regulation.

"I feel great. I worked pretty hard for it," Blake said on TV of his win.

The quartet finished two shots clear of Charles Schwab Cup points leader Tom Lehman, whose 68 helped him finish fifth at 11-under. Mark Calcavecchia (71), Tom Pernice, Jr. (71) and David Peoples (73) shared sixth with Allen at minus- seven.

NOTES: This was the longest playoff on tour this season...Cook fell to 4-8 in career playoffs, while Blake improved to 1-1. O'Meara is now 4-5 and Senior 0-2...It was the first four-man playoff since the 2008 ACE Group Classic...In two weeks, the Champions Tour returns for the SAS Championship, which was won by Russ Cochran last year...Senior's 64 tied a course record.

09/18 05:21:31 ET