Van Pelt wins playoff for first PGA Tour title|
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Bo Van Pelt defeated John Mallinger on the
second playoff hole Sunday to earn his first PGA Tour title at the U.S. Bank
Championship in Milwaukee.
Van Pelt birdied the par-five 18th the second time the two played the hole. It
was enough for him to finally break through after almost eight years on the
"I guess there comes a point where you draw a line in the sand and say
'enough's enough,'" said an emotional Van Pelt. "I had enough good chances and
hadn't got it done."
He did on Sunday.
Mallinger will have to wait for his first tour win, although he's playing good
golf in 2009. He tied for third at this year's Players Championship and it
should be a matter of time before he gets to the winner's circle.
On the first playoff hole, the par-five 18th, both found the short grass with
their drives. Mallinger came up short with his second, but Van Pelt hit a
spectacular second 13 feet past the flagstick.
Mallinger chipped up to four feet, but Van Pelt had a good look at eagle and
the win. Van Pelt's effort was off line from impact, but he left himself with
a tap-in birdie. Mallinger needed to hole his to extend the extra session and
that's what he did.
After two more drives down the fairway, Van Pelt was away. He hit another
great second shot, this time about 20 feet short of the cup. Mallinger found a
bunker short of the putting surface with his second.
Mallinger hit an indifferent bunker shot that left him outside Van Pelt.
Mallinger narrowly missed his birdie putt, meaning Van Pelt had two putts for
his first PGA Tour win.
Van Pelt's eagle lag left him with a little more than he wanted for birdie. He
had slightly longer than three feet for the trophy and kicked in for his
first win after over 200 starts on tour.
"The way I played this playoff hole, it was worth the wait," said Van Pelt,
who pocketed $720,000 for the victory.
The playoff members got into sudden death in similar fashions. Van Pelt fired
a six-under 64, while Mallinger had a 65 to finish regulation at 13-under-par
Both made only two birdies on the front nine, then caught fire on the back.
Van Pelt birdied the 13th and ran home a six-footer for birdie at No. 14. He
polished off his third birdie in a row from 22 feet at the par-five 15th and
was tied for the lead.
Van Pelt parred the next two, although he had a good look at birdie from
inside 15 feet at the 16th. He two-putted for a birdie at the last to become
the first player to post 13-under.
Mallinger kicked in a short-putt eagle putt at the par-five 15th, which
suddenly moved him to the top of the leaderboard. He holed an 11-footer for
birdie at 16 to get to 13-under par to match Van Pelt.
At the 17th, Mallinger drove into the left rough, then found a greenside
bunker. He hit a terrible sand shot over the green and made bogey to fall one
Mallinger needed a birdie at the last to force a playoff. He got on in two and
had 30 feet for eagle and the win, but missed. Mallinger made a short birdie
putt to get to the playoff, but lost in his bid for the win.
Jerry Kelly managed a five-under 65 and took third at minus-12.
Dicky Pride (65), Jeff Quinney (67) and Jeff Klauk (67) shared fourth at 11-
Tim Petrovic (63), Spencer Levin (63), Jason Gore (66), Kris Blanks (67),
Kevin Na (67), Omar Uresti (67), Brendon de Jonge (68) and Chris Riley (69)
tied for seventh at 10-under 270.
Overnight leader Frank Lickliter struggled badly on Sunday. He recorded four
bogeys and a birdie in the final round for a three-over 73 and a share of 18th
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