MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Michael Block won the PGA Professional National Championship in a playoff Wednesday to lead the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.
The 38-year-old Michael Block, the PGA head professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California, beat Jamie Broce with a 3-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole.
"It's amazing to be sitting here as a national champion," said Block, the former University of Missouri player who earned $75,000. "I wasn't leading that championship for one second until that putt dropped on the second playoff hole."
Block closed with his second straight even-par 72 at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club to match third-round leader Broce at 2-under 286. Broce, the University of Toledo coach, shot a 75. He bogeyed the final hole, lipping out a 4-foot par try.
"I feel bad for Jamie because he had it, and that putt he had for par on the last regulation hole was perfect," Block said. "Some grain got it and it hit the lip and it lipped out up the hill.
"All of a sudden it opened up, and here we were going to a playoff. It was a win-win for me for me at that point. I was going to the PGA Championship, had a nice check. I had no pressure whatsoever. I was thinking I was back home playing with the boys in a skins game."
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