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Dickerson wins playoff for first title



Broussard, LA (Sports Network) - Former U.S. Amateur champion Bubba Dickerson birdied the first playoff hole Sunday to beat Brian Vranesh and win the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

Dickerson, the 2001 Amateur champion, carded a one-under 70 in the final round after sharing the overnight lead.

He holed a 14-foot birdie putt at the par-four 18th in the playoff for his first Nationwide Tour win.

"It's been a long time coming," said Dickerson, who won $99,000. "It keeps building. Every day. Every week. It gets tougher to win. We all know it. There are so many good players out here. I always felt like if I could keep putting myself in position to win, I'd eventually get there."

Vranesh, also seeking his first Nationwide Tour victory, fired a five-under 66 to get into the playoff. But he couldn't make a 12-foot birdie putt on the extra hole.

The pair finished regulation tied at 10-under-par 274, one stroke ahead of six players.

Dickerson, 27, posted an eagle, two birdies and three bogeys in his final round. He played the final seven holes at three-under par with an eagle at the 12th and a birdie at the 17th that helped him make the playoff.

Vranesh, 31, collected an eagle and three birdies in a flawless round. He also eagled the 12th hole, then birdied 15 and 17 to put the pressure on Dickerson.

Matt Bettencourt fired a six-under 65 to lead the six-way tie for third place behind Dickerson and Vranesh.

Geoffrey Sisk (67), Chris Anderson (67), Matthew Borchert (68), Jonas Blixt (69) and Vance Veazey (69) joined Bettencourt at nine-under 275.

Scott Sterling, who shared the third-round lead with Dickerson, closed with a one-over 72 and dropped into a six-way tie for ninth place at eight-under 276.

03/29 21:15:03 ET


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