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