David Toms beats Dicky Pride in playoff to win in St. Louis
9/12/2021 9:07:29 PM EST
David Toms survived a late challenge from Dicky Pride and won on the first playoff hole to claim the title at the inaugural Ascension Charity Classic in St. Louis.
Toms shot a bogey-free, 5-under 66 to finish the week at 10-under 203 at Norwood Hills' West Course. That put him in the lead by himself for most of the afternoon, until Pride sank a long birdie at No. 18 to card a 4-under 67 and tie Toms atop the leaderboard.
Toms, 54, two-putted for par on the first playoff hole, but Pride's 16-foot par putt to extend the playoff came up inches short.
A 13-time winner on the PGA Tour, Toms' only Champions Tour victory before Sunday came at a major, the 2018 U.S. Senior Open.
"I still work hard. It's tough," Toms said. "I mean, guys prepare every week, they play great. (To win) means a lot obviously ... I felt good all week here. It felt like a PGA Tour event with the crowds and everything, the build-out."
Pride was contending for his second victory of the season. When he won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in May, it ended a six-year drought dating to a Web.com Tour title in 2015.
"The playoff, I can get mad at leaving the putt short," Pride said. "That's kind of a culmination of I tried to make putts on 15 and 16 and I hit them through the break."
Toms and Pride were one stroke better than Woody Austin and Jay Haas. Austin posted a 65 for the low round of the day, and Haas finished with a 67. Jerry Kelly (68) finished in fifth at 8 under.
Jim Furyk, the 17-time PGA Tour winner and Champions Tour rookie, held the lead for a brief time during Sunday's round. But a double bogey on the par-3 12th hole eventually led to an even-par 71. Furyk, Rocco Mediate (70) and Doug Barron (72) tied for sixth at 7 under.
Ken Tanigawa, who shared the 36-hole lead with Barron, dropped out of contention with a final-round 73 to finish in a seven-way tie for ninth at 6 under.
The Ascension Charity Classic was set to debut in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic led to its cancellation that year.
--Field Level Media
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