Rob McClellan wins PGA Match Play title on second hole of sudden death

By john.holmes

Rob McClellan

Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

Rob McClellan won the PGA Match Play Championship Friday and earned $4,000.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Rob McClellan of Butler, Pa., birdied the second extra hole Friday to win the 51st PGA Match Play Championship for his first victory in PGA Winter Championships play. McClellan edged Dwayne Randall of Clymer, N.Y., on the Dye Course at PGA Golf Club in a finals match in which neither player led by more than one hole.

Randall birdied the par-5 17th hole in regulation to take his only lead of the match. McClellan then won the 18th hole with a par to send the match to sudden death.

In the playoff, McClellan and Randall halved the 16th hole with pars. On No. 17, Randall conceded McClellan’s tap-in birdie, then missed his putt to halve the hole and extend the match.

“I played well all week, really putted well,” said McClellan, PGA head professional at Butler Country Club. “I was a little off with my driver today, but I hit some good recovery shots.”

McClellan had started the week by eliminating three-time PGA Match Play Champion Rick Schuller of Chester, Va., in the first round Tuesday.

With the temperature at a brisk 44 degrees when the semifinals begain Friday morning, McClellan routed David Carich of Noblesville, Ind., 6 and 5. Randall went 19 holes before eliminating Patrick Steffes of Milwaukee, Wis., winning with a par on the first extra hole.

McClellan earned $4,000 from the $27,000 purse. Randall won $2,500, while Carich and Steffes each received $1,250.

PGA Match Play Championship

Dye Course, 7,000 yards, par 72

Semifinals results:

Rob McClellan, Butler, Pa., def. David Carich, Noblesville, Ind., 6 and 5

Dwayne Randall, Clymer, N.Y., def. Patrick Steffes, Milwaukee, Wis., 19 holes

Final results:

McClellan def. Randall, 20 holes


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