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Insperity Championship 2013

Esteban Toledo wins in a playoff

May 5, 2013

On Cinco de Mayo, Mexico’s Esteban Toledo two-putted for a par from 12 feet on No. 17, the third playoff hole, and then watched Mike Goodes miss a six-foot par putt to hand him his first career victory on the Champions Tour.

Gene Sauers, the third member of the playoff and the 36-hole tournament leader, appeared headed to victory until making a triple-bogey eight at the par-5 15th hole, the easiest hole on the course, hitting his tee shot out of bounds and then three putting. He was eliminated on the second playoff hole after finding the water with his 8-iron second shot at No. 18 found the water.

Toledo started the final round six strokes back of Sauers and he eventually shot 67, equaling the best Sunday round.

With his victory, Toledo claims his first victory on the Champions Tour in his ninth career start and joins Rocco Mediate as the only other first-time winner on the 2013 Champions Tour as well as the second rookie to win this year.

Previously, his best finish in 289 career starts on the PGA TOUR was a second at the 2000 B.C. Open and a T2 at the 2002 Buick Open. His previous-best finish in nine appearances on the PGA TOUR in Houston was a T17 at the 2000 Shell Houston Open.

Toledo’s comeback victory was the largest in Insperity Championship history, coming from seven strokes back as did Larry Nelson when he won the inaugural event in 2004.

He becomes the first Q-school graduate to win on the Champions Tour since Eduardo Romero won the 2006 JELD-WEN Tradition in Oregon. Toledo finished T4 last year at the Champions Tour’s National Qualifying Tournament.

Toledo collects 270 Charles Schwab Cup points and moves into the top 10 in the season-long race.
He also earns a check for $270,000, easily his largest paycheck as a professional.

He becomes the fifth player to win the Insperity Championship in his first appearance in the event, joining Larry Nelson (2004), Bernhard Langer (2007), Fred Couples (2010), and Brad Faxon (2011).

Toledo’s winning total of 6-under 210 is the highest score to win a 54-hole tournament since Jerry Pate won the 2008 Turtle Bay Championship in Hawaii with a 5-under-par 211 total for three rounds.

Only seven players broke par in the tournament, the fewest in a 54-hole event since only five players finished below par at the 2007 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

Today’s playoff was only the second in tournament history and the first since 2004 when Larry Nelson beat Hale Irwin with a birdie on the first extra hole at Augusta Pines.

 

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