Mark Brooks' hot putter took away Jeff Maggert's home field advantage.
Brooks rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to give him a victory over Maggert at the Shell Houston Open at the Tournament Players Course at The Woodlands, Maggert's home course."I was going against that golf course, to be honest," Brooks said. "You don't see too many low scores, and it's tough to get right to the pin."
Maggert missed his attempt to send the event to a second playoff hole when his 18-foot birdie try from the fringe was a few inches to the left side of the hole.
"Obviously, it's disappointing to come up short," Maggert said. "It's hard to beat those 30-footers when they go in, but that's part of the game. Sometimes they go in for me, sometimes they go in for somebody else."
The putts were going in all week for Brooks, a Fort Worth native who posted his second victory of the year and sixth of his career. Half of them have come in playoffs.
Sunday's win was worth $270,000, the biggest payday of his career.
With gusty winds keeping scores high, Brooks had a final-round 2-under 70 while Maggert, the third-round leader, had a 72. Each finished at 274 for four rounds.
David Duval, who nearly earned a spot in the playoff, was third, one shot back after a 72.
Woody Austin was fourth with a 10-under 278 after a 73 Sunday. Greg Kraft, Tommy Tolles and Doug Martin were all at 279.
Duval, who lost a share of the lead with a bogey at No. 16, missed an 8-foot birdie attempt at 18 by a few inches that would have put him in the playoff.
Seniors: PaineWebber Invitational
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Now that he's shown he can win repeatedly on the Senior PGA Tour, Graham Marsh is setting his sights on a bigger prize.
"Winning a major amongst your contemporaries is what it's all about. That's what I would like to do," Marsh said Sunday after he captured the PaineWebber Invitational.
Marsh, who shared the lead after the first and second rounds at the Tournament Players Club at Piper Glen, closed with a 3-under-par 69 for his second victory on the over-50 circuit.
Marsh was one of the top rookies when he joined the Senior Tour in 1994, and he finished eighth on last year's money list. A 52-year-old resident of Dalkeith, Australia, Marsh has won nearly 60 events on five different tours over his career, and he doesn't see it winding down anytime soon.
"They talk about this wall at 55. I haven't got any hang-ups about that at this stage," he said. "But I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Some of the players who have turned 55 are playing their best golf."
Marsh, who finished three tours of Piper Glen's hilly, 6,774-yard layout in 10-under 206, wound up one shot ahead of Brian Barnes and Tom Wargo.
Wargo, who closed with a 66, and Barnes, who had a 67, were one shot ahead of Jack Kiefer, who carded a 70.
LPGA Spint Titleholders
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - For winning a junior tournament in Australia in 1991, Karrie Webb got to spend a week at Greg Norman's home in south Florida, learning to walk in the steps of a professional golfer.
"Karrie was right there the whole way," Norman recalled earlier this year. "She had the right attitude."
Now she has something Norman longs for - a green jacket.
Webb's amazing rookie season on the LPGA Tour turned phenomenal Sunday in the pressure-packed final round of the $1.2 million Sprint Titleholders Championship.
Needing a birdie on the 72nd hole to win, the 21-year-old Aussie hit a 3-iron to 25 feet of the cup on the par 5, hit a routine chip to a foot and tapped in for birdie to cap a 6-under-par 66.
That gave her a one-stroke victory over Kelly Robbins, a $180,000 check from the richest purse on the LPGA Tour and the green jacket.
"It's always good to be put under that kind of pressure and produce what you need to," said Webb, who finished with a 16-under 272.
The jacket is one of the holdover traditions from the Titleholders, once the biggest tournament in women's golf, which used to be held every year at Augusta Country Club.