SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) — Jeff Maggert admitted his decisive putt on No. 17 at Fallen Oak wasn't supposed to be one that actually dropped. He was just trying to get it close.
So when the 50-foot putt rolled up and down a big ridge as it broke from left to right — and then fell into the hole — the Champions Tour rookie was as surprised as anyone.
He had been consistent all week. Now just a little bit of luck had pushed him to victory at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak on Sunday.
"You can't count on those going in very often," Maggert said with a grin.
Maggert became the 17th player in Champions Tour history to win in his debut, shooting a 4-under 68 to capture his first victory since the 2006 St. Jude's Classic on the PGA Tour.
The 50-year-old fell into a tie for the lead with Billy Andrade after making bogey on No. 16, but responded with the astonishing putt that pushed him back ahead.
"I was just trying to hit an easy lag putt," Maggert said. "I wanted an easy tap-in for par and it was just one of those things — the ball found the hole."
When it dropped, Maggert shook his head in disbelief. He finished the tournament with an 11-under 205.
Maggert is a three-time PGA Tour winner who turned 50 in February. His consistent weekend included a 68 on Friday, a 69 on Saturday and he capped his debut performance at Fallen Oak with four birdies on the back nine on Sunday to earn the $240,000 paycheck.
"I had expectations to play well, but I didn't know if I would play well enough to win," Maggert said. "I'd been struggling a little with my game, but everything just kind of came together. It was one of the best tournaments, as far as ball striking, that I've had in a few years in any event. That really carried me through."
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