This is probably something of an anomaly, but there were four different professional golf tournaments decided by playoffs. The PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and PGA Tour Latinoamerica events were each won in playoffs, and each has a pretty good story.
Check the previous post for a more detailed explanation of Graeme McDowell’s playoff win over Webb Simpson at the RBC Heritage. But here are the Cliff’s Notes:
It was a very windy day and McDowell fired a 69 to get into a playoff with Simpson, pitting two of the last three US Open champs. McDowell won on the first playoff hole with a par. Simpson missed the green and could not convert a par putt.
The LPGA Tour’s Lotte (LOH-tay) Championship concluded Saturday in Hawai’i. [Aside: I think the LPGA Tour needs to explore more tournaments that do not go directly against the PGA Tour’s broadcasts.] Suzann Pettersen held the 54-hole lead. Lizette Salas fired a final round 62 to catch Pettersen who missed a par putt on the 72nd green for the outright win. On the first playoff hole, Salas hit her approach shot fat and the ball never came close to clearing the water. Pettersen two-putted to win her 11th LPGA Tour title.
At the European Tour’s Open de España, Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelin played the 18th hole 10 consecutive times before ousting Germany’s Maximilian Keiffer to take the national open. Jacquelin played in the final group and finished tied with Keiffer and Felipe Aguilar of Chile. Jacquelin finally made a birdie on the 9th playoff hole, which was the 18th hole over and again, to defeat Keiffer. Aguilar was eliminated earlier in the playoff. The nine holes played ties the record for longest in European Tour history.
Finally, in what might have been the best story of the weekend, Masters runner-up Angel Cabrera won the 82° Abierto OSDE del Centro at Cordova Country Club, Cabrera’s home course. El Pato shot a final round 64, capped by a chip-in eagle at the 18th, to move up about 20 spots on the leaderboard and get into a playoff with Rafael Gomez. Cabrera won the playoff on the first hole to win the event for the eighth time and get a nice rebound from his Masters disappointment.