Parel wins 3-way playoff in inaugural ClubCorp Classic in Las Colinas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Scott Parel two-putted for birdie on the par-5 18th hole for a 6-under 65, then won the opening ClubCorp Classic Sunday with a par on the same hole in a playoff for his second PGA Tour Champions title.

Parel won a three-man playoff in Las Colinas over Steven Alker and Gene Sauers, who both went into the hazard on the final hole and failed par.

Sauers birded his last two holes in the regulation to a 63. In the playoffs, his shot bounced back into the rocks. After a penalty kick, he chipped to 8 feet, and his parputt to extend the break caught the edge of the cup and spun out.

Alker had reason to feel even worse. After a double bogey to start the final round, he ran from seven birdies over his next nine holes and reached 12 under through 10 to take control. But he never made a birdie again when he dropped a shot at par-3 13. with a three-putt bogey.

On the final hole of regulation, Alker was just long and off green, chipping down to 8 feet. Lee Janzen first puttted from the same line and made the birdie to 67 to finish a shot outside the playoffs.

Alkers birdie missed. He shot 68 and made it to the playoffs of 11 under 202.

On the first extra hole, Alker had a long iron from a good lie in the rough, but it came out heavily and into the water. He took a penalty kick and could not get up and down.

“I’m happy to win a playoff – I’m 0-3 in these things,” Parel said. “I was lucky that both guys didn’t hit the best second shots. I was just trying to get it over here and try to get up and down, which in the end turned out to be the right game.”

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In the celebrity division, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was on the verge of winning the Stableford score until he hit the hazard on the 18th and made bogey while former tennis player Mardy Fish made the birdie. They finished on 106 points and Fish won the playoffs when Romo again went into hazard and Fish made birdie.

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