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Bobby Wadkins clinches victory on final hole

Bobby Wadkins won The ACE Group Classic on Sunday, holing a 13-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Allen Doyle in the Champions Tour event.

Wadkins, the brother of 2000 champion Lanny Wadkins, finished with a 15-under 201 total and earned $240,000 for his fourth Champions Tour title. Doyle shot a 70.

"I've been lucky," Wadkins said "I've made some nice putts on the last hole to win some tournaments and I did it again today, so it's pretty sweet.

Wadkins and Doyle, the 1999 champion, came into the final hole tied at 14 under. Doyle, who had led all day, hit a solid tee shot and put a layup shot in good position, 90 yards short of the green. Wadkins hit a 3-wood to try to get on the green, but was short and just right of the greenside bunker in the rough.

After laying up, Doyle didn't hit a good pitch shot, pushing it to the right. He was 25 feet away. Doyle hit a good putt, but left it short.

"I was trying to hit plenty of club to get it back there, and the grip kind of slipped in my hand and I left it way right," Doyle said. "It was not a very good shot. That, for me, is the bread and butter shot and I didn't get it."

Wadkins had to stand in the bunker with a sidehill lie for his third shot. He pitched out and the ball released and got up on the plateau.

Wadkins, winless on the PGA Tour, won in his first year on the 50-and-over tour in 2001, then didn't win until last year, when he was victorious at the Boeing Championship at Sandestin and then had the biggest win of his career at the Ford Senior Players Championship. He made a 13-footer on the final hole to win that one, too.

Eduardo Romero (68) and Mike Reid (69) each birdied the final hole to tie for third at 13 under. Mark O'Meara, who started the day one shot behind Doyle and tied with Wadkins, closed with a 71 in his second senior start to tied for fourth with defending champion Loren Roberts (66) at 12 under.

Doyle missed a short par putt on No. 17 to drop into a tie with Wadkins heading to the final hole. Wadkins went birdie-bogey-birdie on Nos. 14-16 -- chipping in from behind the green on No. 16 -- then parred No. 17.

Doyle had a four-shot lead with nine holes to play after holing out from the fairway on the par-5 ninth, but Wadkins hit his approach to a foot right after Doyle's shot and birdied to get back within three.

But after birdieing No. 10, Doyle played the last eight holes even-par, birdieing No. 13, but three-putting No. 17 for the bogey. Roberts took over the lead from Jay Haas in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race.


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