Hoag Classic - R3

Kirk Triplett wins playoff

March 08-10
Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, California
$1,800,000

Round 1, Round 2



Kirk Triplett made a 12-foot eagle putt on the second hole of a playoff with Woody Austin on Sunday to win the Hoag Classic for his seventh PGA Tour Champions victory.

The 56-year-old Triplett forced the playoff with a similar left-to-right breaker for birdie on the par-5 18th, then matched Austin with a par on their first extra trip down the tree-lined hole.

”It was the exact same putt I had the first time through,” Triplett said.

Playing together, Triplett and Austin each shot 3-under 68 to finish at 10-under 203 at Newport Beach Country Club.

”We had our chances and neither one of us could get a stranglehold on it,” Triplett said. ”I feel pretty lucky to have just had a chance to be in the playoff.”

Austin parred the 18th in regulation, then drove into the right rough on both extra holes. He left a greenside bunker shot well short on the first playoff hole, and hit his approach to the right of the green on the second.

”He hit three quality shots there to win, but I gave him a chance to win,” Austin said. ”He should have never even had a chance. That’s how it goes. I didn’t get the job done when I was supposed to.”

Triplett did on the eagle try.

”Got a couple tries at it,” Triplett said. ”We both hit great shots in regulation. They just hit that kikuyu edge there. Very easily Woody’s ball could have kicked up there 3 feet from the hole for eagle. I was fortunate to make a putt and get in the playoff.”


Jeff Maggert and Scott McCarron finished a stroke out of the playoff. McCarron three-putted the 18th from 30 feet for par and a 68. Maggert shot 65, but couldn’t overcome a four-putt triple bogey on 18 in the first round Friday.

Fran Quinn, three strokes ahead entering the round, had a 74 to tie for fifth with Paul Goydos (68) and Steve Flesch (69).

”It’s a tough game,” Quinn said. ”Right now I’m burning inside thinking I should have done a lot more than that. … I didn’t miss a shot for two days and played just flawless golf, and today I looked like about an 8 handicap, or I felt like it.”

Newport Beach resident Fred Couples closed with a 69 to tie for 10th at 6 under.

Vijay Singh skipped his title defense to play in the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Bernhard Langer is sidelined by an injury to his rib and stomach area.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Kirk Triplett
-10
70
65
68
203
2
Woody Austin
-10
68
67
68
203
T3
Jeff Maggert
-9
76
63
65
204
T3
Scott McCarron
-9
64
72
68
204
T5
Paul Goydos
-8
69
68
68
205
T5
Steve Flesch
-8
69
67
69
205
T5
Fran Quinn
-8
64
67
74
205
T8
Lee Janzen
-7
71
70
65
206
T8
Doug Garwood
-7
66
71
69
206
T10
Paul Broadhurst
-6
71
69
67
207
T10
Fred Couples
-6
68
70
69
207
T10
Scott Verplank
-6
73
64
70
207
T10
David McKenzie
-6
68
66
73
207
14
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-5
69
68
71
208
T15
Billy Andrade
-4
67
74
68
209
T15
Marco Dawson
-4
71
71
67
209
T15
Bob Estes
-4
71
69
69
209
T15
Ken Tanigawa
-4
69
74
66
209
T15
Mark O’Meara
-4
71
73
65
209
T15
Billy Mayfair
-4
70
68
71
209
T15
Corey Pavin
-4
67
71
71
209
T15
Esteban Toledo
-4
70
65
74
209
T15
David Toms
-4
67
67
75
209
T24
Rocco Mediate
-3
69
72
69
210
T24
Glen Day
-3
70
70
70
210
T24
Brandt Jobe
-3
73
67
70
210
T24
Kenny Perry
-3
75
67
68
210
T24
Tom Byrum
-3
70
69
71
210
T24
Kevin Baker
-3
71
68
71
210
T24
Scott Parel
-3
70
69
71
210
T24
Tom Pernice Jr.
-3
70
68
72
210
T32
Jerry Kelly
-2
70
71
70
211
T32
Jeff Sluman
-2
70
71
70
211
T32
Russ Cochran
-2
71
71
69
211
T32
José María Olazábal
-2
73
69
69
211
T32
Michael Allen
-2
74
68
69
211
T32
Jesper Parnevik
-2
70
69
72
211
T32
Stephen Ames
-2
75
69
67
211
T32
Gene Sauers
-2
71
66
74
211
T40
Kevin Sutherland
-1
73
68
71
212
T40
Carlos Franco
-1
68
72
72
212
T40
Jerry Smith
-1
71
69
72
212
T40
Steve Jones
-1
72
71
69
212
T40
Chris DiMarco
-1
75
69
68
212
T40
Kent Jones
-1
70
75
67
212
T40
Tom Lehman
-1
69
68
75
212
T47
Joey Sindelar
E
71
71
71
213
T47
Steve Pate
E
69
71
73
213
T47
Duffy Waldorf
E
70
70
73
213
T47
Cliff Kresge
E
71
72
70
213
T47
Tommy Armour III
E
71
69
73
213
T47
Tim Petrovic
E
69
70
74
213
T47
Darren Clarke
E
75
72
66
213
T54
Tommy Tolles
1
70
71
73
214
T54
Willie Wood
1
72
69
73
214
T54
Bart Bryant
1
71
71
72
214
T54
Wes Short, Jr.
1
73
71
70
214
T54
Joe Durant
1
74
71
69
214
T54
Gibby Gilbert III
1
75
70
69
214
T60
Sam Randolph
2
73
71
71
215
T60
Scott Hoch
2
76
72
67
215
T62
Loren Roberts
4
72
75
70
217
T62
Greg Kraft
4
76
73
68
217
T64
Mark Calcavecchia
5
71
72
75
218
T64
Mark Brooks
5
72
71
75
218
T64
Sandy Lyle
5
76
69
73
218
T64
Olin Browne
5
76
72
70
218
68
Skip Kendall
6
73
74
72
219
69
John Cook
9
77
70
75
222
70
David Frost
11
74
77
73
224
71
Steve Jurgensen
14
80
74
73
227
T72
Bob May
17
77
71
82
230
T72
Tom Kite
17
78
76
76
230
74
Bob Gilder
20
82
73
78
233
WD
Tom Gillis
68
72
140
WD
Jay Haas
55
55
WD
Hal Sutton
64
64
WD
Colin Montgomerie
80
80