Principal Charity Classic R3

Kevin Sutherland wins playoff

Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa
$1,850,000


Kevin Sutherland birdied the second extra hole Sunday at Wakonda Club to win the Principal Charity Classic in the third-largest comeback in PGA Tour Champions history, two months after beating Parel in Mississippi on the seventh playoff hole,


Sutherland overcame an eight-shot deficit in the final round, making eight back-nine birdies in a course-record 10-under 62 to match Parel at 17-under 199.

”Leading wasn’t in my consideration. But I knew if I shot a great round of golf, you never know,” Sutherland said. ”It just worked out well for me.”

Parel closed with a 70. They broke the tournament record of 15 under set by Scott McCarron three years ago.

Parel bogeyed the par-5 15th and missed a 10-foot birdie try on No. 18 in regulation. They each parred the first playoff hole, but Sutherland sunk a 10-footer after Parel left about a 12-footer short in a replay on the par-4 18th hole.

”I’m very disappointed. I should have never been in a playoff to begin with,” Parel said.


The 54-year-old Sutherland won for the third time on the 50-and-over tour after winning once on the PGA Tour. He’s the only player to shoot 59 on the tour, accomplishing the feat in the 2014 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

Parel stormed to a five-shot lead after two rounds, shooting 15-under to tie the 19-year-old tournament’s record-low score through just 36 holes. Still, he said after Saturday’s round that he’d need to stay aggressive because someone would shoot ”7- or 9-under par.”

Parel was prophetic.

Not surprisingly, that player turned out to be Sutherland – who also has a 60 on his senior circuit resume.

Parel started slow, even picking up his first bogey of the tournament by missing a putt on the par-4 second hole by about an inch. But Parel then nailed a 30-footer for birdie on No. 8, and a 12-footer on 12 pushed his lead to four shots.

Sutherland rallied with six straight birdies, and Parel’s round went sideways after he put his tee shot on 15 into high grass that swallowed him up when he tried to play his way back onto the fairway.

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Parel was able to chip to within a few feet of the hole to save a bogey. But Sutherland, who hadn’t birdied Nos. 17 or 18 in either the first or second rounds, did so on both on Sunday to pull into a tie with Parel.

”Sometimes when you’re rolling like that you get hungry. The birdies come easy,” Sutherland said.

Parel and Sutherland were nearly joined by Jerry Kelly. He left a 65-yard approach a foot right on No. 18 and finished a stroke back after a 66. David Toms was fourth after 13 under after a 68.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Kevin Sutherland
-17
72
65
62
199
2
Scott Parel
-17
63
66
70
199
3
Jerry Kelly
-16
67
67
66
200
4
David Toms
-13
67
68
68
203
T5
Kent Jones
-11
72
67
66
205
T5
Corey Pavin
-11
69
67
69
205
T5
Gene Sauers
-11
67
68
70
205
T8
Jay Haas
-10
71
68
67
206
T8
Doug Garwood
-10
68
68
70
206
T8
Marco Dawson
-10
69
65
72
206
T11
Fran Quinn
-9
71
70
66
207
T11
Jeff Maggert
-9
68
72
67
207
T11
Brandt Jobe
-9
72
67
68
207
T11
Retief Goosen
-9
71
69
67
207
T11
Steve Flesch
-9
71
67
69
207
T11
Duffy Waldorf
-9
67
71
69
207
T11
Billy Andrade
-9
66
69
72
207
T18
Ken Tanigawa
-8
72
70
66
208
T18
John Riegger
-8
68
74
66
208
T18
Stephen Ames
-8
71
68
69
208
T21
Paul Goydos
-7
74
66
69
209
T21
Wes Short, Jr.
-7
71
72
66
209
T21
Mark Calcavecchia
-7
72
68
69
209
T21
Ken Duke
-7
70
70
69
209
T21
Stephen Leaney
-7
70
69
70
209
T21
Scott McCarron
-7
70
67
72
209
T21
Woody Austin
-7
67
70
72
209
T28
John Daly
-6
69
72
69
210
T28
Esteban Toledo
-6
71
70
69
210
T28
Glen Day
-6
71
70
69
210
T28
Olin Browne
-6
72
70
68
210
T28
Darren Clarke
-6
67
70
73
210
T33
Tom Gillis
-5
67
73
71
211
T33
David McKenzie
-5
69
71
71
211
T33
Tom Lehman
-5
71
69
71
211
T36
Kirk Triplett
-4
72
69
71
212
T36
John Huston
-4
73
67
72
212
T36
Larry Mize
-4
68
72
72
212
T39
Tommy Tolles
-3
71
71
71
213
T39
Mike Goodes
-3
70
72
71
213
T39
Willie Wood
-3
73
71
69
213
T39
Billy Mayfair
-3
69
70
74
213
T43
Bart Bryant
-2
72
69
73
214
T43
Brian Cooper
-2
70
72
72
214
T43
Steve Pate
-2
72
68
74
214
T43
Tom Byrum
-2
68
75
71
214
T43
Tim Petrovic
-2
74
70
70
214
T48
Lee Janzen
-1
68
73
74
215
T48
Chris DiMarco
-1
65
75
75
215
T48
David Frost
-1
71
70
74
215
T48
Joe Durant
-1
71
73
71
215
T48
Carlos Franco
-1
75
70
70
215
T53
Sandy Lyle
E
72
69
75
216
T53
Michael Allen
E
70
72
74
216
T55
Gary Hallberg
1
69
72
76
217
T55
Spike McRoy
1
69
74
74
217
T55
Tommy Armour III
1
68
76
73
217
T55
Jerry Smith
1
73
72
72
217
T55
Fred Funk
1
74
71
72
217
T55
Paul Broadhurst
1
71
76
70
217
T55
Tom Pernice Jr.
1
75
72
70
217
T62
Dudley Hart
2
71
73
74
218
T62
Tom Werkmeister
2
76
68
74
218
T62
Scott Verplank
2
76
75
67
218
T65
Russ Cochran
3
73
71
75
219
T65
Dan Forsman
3
75
71
73
219
T65
Blaine McCallister
3
73
74
72
219
T65
Michael Bradley
3
73
74
72
219
T69
Gibby Gilbert III
5
75
73
73
221
T69
Gary Nicklaus
5
77
72
72
221
T69
Greg Kraft
5
74
76
71
221
T72
Rocco Mediate
6
71
75
76
222
T72
Skip Kendall
6
74
73
75
222
T74
Brandel Chamblee
7
76
71
76
223
T74
Mark Brooks
7
77
74
72
223
T76
Cliff Kresge
8
77
72
75
224
T76
P.H. Horgan III
8
79
73
72
224
78
John Jacobs
14
76
79
75
230