Ryan Brehm Wins LECOM Health Challenge in Playoff, Secures TOUR Return
- Category: Inside Golf
- Published: 2019-07-08
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
FINDLEY LAKE, New York — Ryan Brehm lost a two-shot lead with a double bogey on the final hole, and then made an 8-foot birdie putt that swirled all the way around the cup on the first extra hole to beat Tim Wilkinson in a playoff and win the Lecom Health Challenge on the Korn Ferry Tour.
Brehm appeared to have it wrapped up with a two-shot lead playing the par-5 18th at the Peek’n Peak Resort. But his third shot came up well short and into a hazard, leading to double bogey and a 4-under 68.
Wilkinson missed a 20-foot birdie putt for the win on the 18th and shot 69. They finished at 20-under 268.
It was the fourth straight tournament decided by a playoff, setting a Korn Ferry Tour record. Brehm had the advantage with a second shot just right of the green, but his chip was hot and ran 8 feet past the hole. Wilkinson’s 10-foot birdie putt caught the left edge, and Brehm made the winning putt, one hole later than he expected.
Brehm goes to No. 5 on the points list, all but assuring a return to the PGA Tour next year.
Chase Seiffert closed with four straight birdies for a 63 and tied for third with Blayne Barber (67) and Will Zalatoris (68).