Love Rebounds For Victory
Davis Love III, who squandered his lead with bogeys on the 17th and 18th holes, beat Mike Heinen on the second playoff hole to win the Freeport McMoRan Classic and an invitation to the Masters.
The bogeys on the final two holes tied Love with Heinen at 14-under and sent them into a playoff. Love sank a 3-foot putt - “a very, very long 3-foot putt” - for birdie on the second hole for the victory and the $216,000 winner’s purse.
Instead, Heinen’s 20-foot putt missed and he settled for second place and $129,600.
Love started the day at 13-under, shot the first nine in 31 then slowly moved up on Heinen over the back nine, following a birdie on nine with birdies on 10, 11 and 13.
Heinen, who was four holes ahead of Love, saw his carefully crafted lead washed out by a shot into the water on the 18th for a double bogie to finish 14 under.
Pullman’s Kirk Triplett shot a 3-under 69 to finish in a tie for 10th at 279 and take home $27,600.