Toledo earns Champions win in playoff

Published: Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 9C
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 - 6:35 am

SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec – Esteban Toledo won the Montreal Championship on Sunday for his second Champions Tour victory of the season, chipping in for birdie to beat Kenny Perry on the third playoff hole.

Toledo, 50, won the Insperity Championship in May in Texas to become the first Mexican winner on the Champions Tour. He also won that event on the third hole of a playoff, topping Mike Goodes with a par.

Toledo closed with a 3-under-par 69. Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive starts this summer, had a 70.

Toledo, a former boxer, swung his fist after he chipped in for the birdie.

"I always celebrate with a left hook," Toledo said.

Perry had a chance to force another hole, but his long putt was wide left.

The players each parred the par-4 18th twice in the playoff, and Toledo won on the par-3 10th. Tour in Davidson, N.C. – Andrew Svoboda won the Chiquita Classic, beating Will MacKenzie with a par on the first hole of a playoff in the second tournament in the four-event Tour Finals series.

Svoboda closed with a 2-under 70, while MacKenzie's 67 featured a chip-in for an eagle on No. 18 in regulation.

Svoboda earned $180,000. The former St. John's player, the Price Cutter Charity Championship winner last month, had already wrapped up a PGA Tour card by finishing 25th on the Tour money list.

The bulk of the field was made up of players in the top 75 on the Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings. The top 25 on the money list are assured PGA Tour cards, while the other players are fighting for 25 additional cards through earnings in the four-event series.

Ben Martin (68) and John Peterson (71) tied for third.

European Tour in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland – Thomas Bjorn (6-under 65) made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Craig Lee (67) for the European Masters title.

Walker Cup in Southampton, N.Y. – Nathan Smith won the deciding point in the United States' 17-9 victory over Britain and Ireland, beating England's Nathan Kimsey 4 and 3 in the fifth singles match.

The U.S. team led 8-4 entering the final day in the biennial amateur event.

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