Forsman cruises to win at Mitsubishi Championship|
Kaupulehu-Kona, HI (Sports Network) - Dan Forsman carded a three-under 69
Sunday to earn an easy two-stroke win over Jay Don Blake at the Mitsubishi
Forsman got up and down for birdie on No. 14 to push his lead to three
strokes. He closed with four consecutive pars to wrap up his round.
He ended his third Champions Tour victory at 15-under-par 201.
"It's unbelievable. Any time you win, its huge," said an emotional Forsman in
a televised interview. "You win at a venue like this and against a field like
this, against guys I've looked up to and admired for years, to stand on top of
this group is so humbling. I'm grateful."
Blake had a bogey-free, five-under 67, including a birdie at the last, to end
alone in second place at 13-under-par 203.
John Cook, the 2011 winner, posted a four-under 68, while Michael Allen
managed a three-under 69. They shared third place at minus-12. Gary Hallberg
(66) and Jeff Sluman (71) tied for fifth at 11-under-par 205.
Forsman, who was winless last year, started the day two strokes clear of the
field. He birdied the first to extend his lead to three.
Watson briefly got back within two as he birdied the par-five seventh, but
Forsman matched that birdie to get to 14-under. Watson was unable to make a
move on the back nine as he had two bogeys and a birdie around the turn.
Sluman and Brad Bryant also started the day two back, but played the front
side in one-and two-over par, respectively.
Forsman birdied the par-five 10th to move four clear of the field. He did drop
a shot on the par-three 12th, but atoned for that error with a birdie on the
14th. He closed with four pars in a row to cruise to victory.
Blake was three groups ahead of Forsman. He birdied the 16th, then rolled in a
long birdie effort at the last to get within two, but it was too late.
Mark Calcavecchia matched the low round of the day with his six-under 66. He
finished at 10-under-par 206 and was joined in seventh place by Jay Haas (71),
2010 champion Tom Watson (72) and Brad Bryant (72).
NOTES: Forsman, who collected $307,000 for the victory, won for the first time
in three tries when owning the 36-hole lead on the Champions Tour...This was
just the third time in the last nine years that the 36-hole leader has hung on
for the win at this event...After a two-week break, Tom Lehman will defend his
title in Florida at the Allianz Championship.
01/22 23:25:22 ET