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Mitsubishi Electric Classic 2018

DATES: April 13-15
SITE: TPC Sugarloaf, Georgia
PRIZE MONEY: $1,800,000

Rounds 2 & 3 - Steve Flesch wins first Champions Tour title

April 14, 2018

Steve Flesch needed 38 holes Saturday to win the Mitsubishi Electric Classic for his first PGA Tour Champions victory.

The 50-year-old Flesch won with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff with Scott Parel at TPC Sugarloaf in the event completed a day early because of forecast rain and lightning. Bernhard Langer dropped out on the first extra hole.

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''You never know if you're ever going to win again,'' Flesch said. ''Honestly, it's been harder than I anticipated winning on this tour. The guys are so good. That Langer guy is hard to beat.''

Parel bogeyed the par-5 18th on the second playoff hole after his approach hit the bank short and left and went into the water.

''I just was in between clubs a little bit,'' Parel said. ''I had like 209 (yards), which is probably about as bad a yardage that I can have, so I had to kind of choke up on a hybrid a little bit and not try to hit it too hard. If I hit it right, a normal shot's going to be in the bunker, which is no bargain. I just didn't hit it as crisply as I needed to.''

Flesch hit long and right into the back bunker, and blasted out to 3 feet. The left-hander won in his 22nd start on the 50-and-over tour after winning four times on the PGA Tour.

''When Scott hit it in the water, the most important thing for me was to obviously not hit it in the water.'' Flesch said. ''So, I just changed my line where I aimed. I didn't aim it as close to the hole. I made sure that my mistake was going to be long in the bunker and just clear the water.''

Facing a forecast of 1 1/2 inches of rain overnight Sunday and the threat of lightning Sunday, tournament officials decided Friday to play both the second and third rounds Saturday.

''Any 36-hole day is really tough,'' Flesch said. ''Being able to use the carts today certainly helped with some of the hills out there here at Sugarloaf. It's more mentally taxing to me than physically taxing, especially if you're in the mix kind of like that all day. I know I'll sleep great tonight, but mentally I'm more exhausted than physically.''

Because of the possibility of the playoff finishing Sunday, the players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairway during the extra holes.

Flesch and Parel birdied the 18th to start the playoff. Flesch and Parel each reached the green in two, with Parel leaving a 60-foot eagle try 3 feet short, and Flesch rolling a 50-footer to a foot. Langer laid up and missed a 15-foot birdie try.

Parel matched the course record with an 8-under 64, making a 15-foot birdie putt on 18 in regulation to post at 11 under. Flesch and Langer missed chances to win on 18 in regulation. Flesch missed a long eagle try, and Langer's 15-foot birdie putt went to the left. Flesch shot 68, and Langer had a 69.

Flesch opened with a 66 and shot 71 in the morning to enter the final round a stroke behind Langer, Jay Haas and Jerry Kelly.

The 52-year-old Parel's only tour victory came in 2013 on the Web.com Tour.

''Obviously, I would have liked to win, but Steve played great, too, and hit some great shots in the playoff.'' Parel said. ''He deserved it. I feel like I'm close, so we'll just keep trying to make birdies out here and see what happens.''

Langer missed a chance to break a tie with Hale Irwin for consecutive seasons with a victory at 12. The 60-year-old German star has 36 senior victories, winning at TPC Sugarloaf in 2013.

''I've been playing all right for most of the year, just my short game wasn't good enough,'' Langer said. ''The short game was better, I made a few putts.''

Haas, the first-round leader after a 65 at age 64, shot 71-71 on Saturday to finish two strokes out of the playoff. He dropped back with bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16. Mike Fetchick is the oldest winner in tour history, taking the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational at 63 years to the day.

Wes Short Jr. was fifth at 8 under after a 70, and Vijay Singh had a 68 to get to 7 under.

Playoff Hole
1
2
Course Hole
18
18
Par
5
5
Steve Flesch
4
4
Scott Parel
4
6
Bernhard Langer
5
-

Scores

Round 1 - Jay Haas takes lead in Georgia

April 13, 2018

Jay Haas nearly shot his age Friday to take the lead into a 36-hole Saturday finish in the PGA Tour Champions' Mitsubishi Electric Classic.

The 64-year-old Haas birdied the final two holes in breezy conditions at TPC Sugarloaf for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Steve Flesch. Bernhard Langer shot 67, and Gene Sauers and Scott Parel followed at 68.

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Facing a forecast of 1 1/2 inches of rain overnight Sunday and the threat of lightning Sunday, tournament officials decided to play both the second and third rounds Saturday.

''The guys were saying we've got to play 54, so this gives us that opportunity,'' Haas said. ''It will be a long day. Thankfully, we can get in carts. This is a long walking golf course. I'm pretty whipped today. I didn't get in the cart today, but I'll probably be in there a little bit tomorrow.''

Haas won the last of his 18 senior titles at the 2016 Toshiba Classic.

''I had a decent year last year, not what I wanted maybe, and then starting off this year I've been pretty poor,'' Haas said. ''Haven't been 100 percent physically, but I'm feeling better.''

He birdied all four par-5 holes in a bogey-free round. The nine-time PGA Tour winner birdied four of the first six holes - the par-4 first and third and par-5 fourth and sixth. He added a birdie on the par-5 10th and closed with the birdies on the par-4 17th and par-5 18th.

''I hit the ball well, hit a lot of good iron shots,'' Haas said. ''I had four or five of them inside 10 feet. My distance control was really good. And I made some really nice putts and didn't really struggle at all with long putting or anything. ... I made a really nice one here at 18. It was a bonus there. Hit a beautiful 5-iron at 17 to about 3 feet.''

Flesh also birdied the final two holes in a bogey-free round.

''I hit it well and made putts,'' Flesh said. ''With the wind today it was a little confusing at times. I played conservatively where I had to and aggressively on a few holes. Birdied the last two to turn a good day into a great day.''

The four-time PGA Tour winner is winless in 21 senior starts since turning 50 last May. He was looking forward to the 36-hole day.

''Hey, I'd rather play 36 holes than play in rain,'' Flesh said. ''Some people don't mind rain. I would take 40 mph wind over any rain. So, I'm glad we're playing 36 tomorrow.''

Langer started on No. 10 and birdied the first three and five of the first seven. He played the front nine in even par with two birdies and two bogeys. ''It was difficult conditions with the breeze, especially last few holes,'' Langer said.

The 60-year-old German star is seeking his first victory of the season and 37th on the senior tour.

''It's going to be tough,'' Langer said. ''A lot of us are - we're all old to some extent - and it's going to be a very long day. This course is very demanding. It's a lot of hills to walk. My knees were sore just now playing. I hate using carts, but I think I might have to utilize some of the carts to make it around 36 because it's very demanding - physically demanding.''

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Jay Haas
-7
65
2
Steve Flesch
-6
66
3
Bernhard Langer
-5
67
T4
Scott Parel
-4
68
T4
Gene Sauers
-4
68
T6
Wes Short, Jr.
-3
69
T6
Tommy Armour III
-3
69
T6
Tom Byrum
-3
69
T6
Tim Petrovic
-3
69
T6
Kevin Sutherland
-3
69
T6
José María Olazábal
-3
69
T6
Sandy Lyle
-3
69

Scores

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Steve Flesch
-11
66
71
68
205
T2
Scott Parel
-11
68
73
64
205
T2
Bernhard Langer
-11
67
69
69
205
4
Jay Haas
-9
65
71
71
207
5
Wes Short, Jr.
-8
69
69
70
208
6
Vijay Singh
-7
72
69
68
209
7
Clark Dennis
-6
72
70
68
210
T8
Jerry Kelly
-5
71
65
75
211
T8
Joe Durant
-5
70
72
69
211
T8
Jeff Sluman
-5
70
69
72
211
T8
Kevin Sutherland
-5
69
70
72
211
T12
Esteban Toledo
-4
71
72
69
212
T12
Duffy Waldorf
-4
77
67
68
212
T14
Kirk Triplett
-3
73
70
70
213
T14
Scott Dunlap
-3
72
70
71
213
T14
Doug Garwood
-3
71
68
74
213
T14
Jerry Smith
-3
74
72
67
213
T14
Scott McCarron
-3
71
72
70
213
T14
Jay Don Blake
-3
71
68
74
213
T14
Russ Cochran
-3
71
66
76
213
T14
Tim Petrovic
-3
69
73
71
213
T14
Gene Sauers
-3
68
73
72
213
T23
David McKenzie
-2
72
70
72
214
T23
José María Olazábal
-2
69
75
70
214
T23
Tommy Armour III
-2
69
72
73
214
T26
Olin Browne
-1
72
72
71
215
T26
Ken Tanigawa
-1
73
72
70
215
T26
Carlos Franco
-1
71
73
71
215
T26
Stephen Ames
-1
71
72
72
215
T26
Jesper Parnevik
-1
70
71
74
215
T26
Sandy Lyle
-1
69
70
76
215
T32
Joey Sindelar
E
73
71
72
216
T32
Steve Jones
E
72
72
72
216
T34
Miguel Angel Jiménez
1
72
73
72
217
T34
Dan Forsman
1
72
73
72
217
T34
Bart Bryant
1
74
73
70
217
T34
Woody Austin
1
75
71
71
217
T34
Mike Goodes
1
71
73
73
217
T34
Mark O'Meara
1
70
76
71
217
T34
Billy Andrade
1
76
70
71
217
T34
Jeff Brehaut
1
76
69
72
217
T34
Gibby Gilbert III
1
76
69
72
217
T43
Michael Bradley
2
71
74
73
218
T43
Billy Mayfair
2
70
73
75
218
T45
Tom Pernice Jr.
3
74
73
72
219
T45
Paul Broadhurst
3
75
74
70
219
T45
Tom Byrum
3
69
73
77
219
T48
Lee Janzen
4
73
73
74
220
T48
Michael Allen
4
73
73
74
220
T48
Kent Jones
4
74
75
71
220
T51
Marco Dawson
5
72
73
76
221
T51
Colin Montgomerie
5
74
76
71
221
T51
David Toms
5
75
71
75
221
T51
Mark Calcavecchia
5
75
71
75
221
T51
Rod Spittle
5
70
76
75
221
T51
Paul Goydos
5
76
72
73
221
T57
Mark Brooks
6
73
75
74
222
T57
Gary Hallberg
6
71
75
76
222
T59
David Eger
7
76
74
73
223
T59
Ian Woosnam
7
76
73
74
223
T61
Fran Quinn
8
72
73
79
224
T61
Steve Pate
8
74
72
78
224
T61
David Frost
8
71
73
80
224
T64
Steve Lowery
10
76
73
77
226
T64
Larry Mize
10
77
71
78
226
66
Larry Nelson
11
76
74
77
227
T67
Scott Verplank
12
75
82
71
228
T67
Trevor Dodds
12
76
79
73
228
T69
Roger Chapman
13
77
76
76
229
T69
Todd Hamilton
13
78
74
77
229
T71
Tom Kite
14
77
79
74
230
T71
Tom Watson
14
78
78
74
230
73
Len Mattiace
16
76
78
78
232
74
Kenny Knox
17
80
76
77
233
75
Bob Tway
20
78
75
83
236
76
Blaine McCallister
25
87
73
81
241
77
Charlie Rymer
33
87
85
77
249
WD
John Huston
--
85
--
--
85

 

 




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