David Toms defeated Dicky Pride in a playoff at the PGA Tour Champions Ascension Charity Classic

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David Toms defeated Dicky Pride in a playoff at the PGA Tour Champions Ascension Charity Classic

The PGA Tour has a week off before the next season begins. The LPGA is taking a one-week break after an exciting Solheim Cup. The only live golf in the US this weekend was held at the Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis for the first pro event in the region since the 2018 PGA Championship.

After 54 regulated holes, David Toms and Dicky Pride provided a little bonus golf. Every golfer finished the PGA Tour Champions’ first Ascension Charity Classic with 10 under.

On the first playoff hole, Pride’s second shot found a greenside bunker and after blowing it up he had to do a 20 foot to keep the action going. He made a clutch birdie of similar length and line to 18 in regulation to force overtime, but in the playoff his putt stopped just short of the hole. Pride then took off his hat and shook Toms’ hand.

The last time Toms won the US Senior Open was in 2018. This win is his second PGA Tour Champions win. During his PGA Tour career, he has 13 wins, including a major.

“I’ve felt good all week,” said an emotional David Toms Golf Channel after his win. “It felt like a PGA Tour event with the crowds.”

Missing the playoff by one shot, Jay Haas climbed up and down from a bunker at 18 to map a final lap of 67 to shoot his age.

Like Haas, Woody Austin finished 9 under. Jerry Kelly finished fifth solo.

Mark Calcavecchia finished 73rd after 73-76-74, but the weekend is a win for him as he played competitive golf for the first time since his back fusion surgery in early January. His last event was playing with his son Eric in the PNC Championship on December 20th.

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