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MLGT: Driscoll Wins On Sixth Playoff Hole

James Driscoll of Brookline, Mass., got a measure of revenge in a Minor League Golf Tour event Tuesday, Nov. 24. Driscoll was the winner on the sixth hole of a playoff at Sandhill Crane in Palm Beach Gardens. It was the MLGT’s longest playoff in nearly 13 months. On Oct. 31, 2019, Driscoll was beaten on the sixth extra hole by Mike Miller of Brewster, N.Y., at Indian Spring in Boynton Beach.

James Driscoll has been the two longest recent MLGT playoffs, losing once and winning once in events that ran six extra holes.

Driscoll, Miami's Alan Wagner and John Duthie of Lansing, N.Y., had tied at 5-under-par 67 here Tuesday. Duthie was eliminated on the first extra hole, the par-4 sixth. Driscoll finally won despite a bogey at the par-4 second when Wagner hit his ball out of bounds. It was Driscoll’s second win since he joined the MLGT in April 2019. Miller did not play at Sandhill Crane.

In regulation, Driscoll made six birdies before he bogeyed the final hole. Wagner had an eagle, six birdies and three bogeys, Duthie five birdies. Wagner had one previous MLGT victory, Duthie none.

Driscoll collected $820 from the $4,410 purse, $183 from an optional bonus pool and $53.34 in the skins game for a total of $1,056.34.

Ryan Linton of Lake Forest, Ill., had the lowest 54-hole score of the week, 13-under-par 203, earning $1,000 toward a Monday qualifying fee on the PGA Tour in 2021. He shot 69 Sunday to tie for second at Winston Trails, 66 Monday at Indian Spring, losing out in as playoff, and 68 to tie for fourth here Tuesday.

There were 35 starters at Sandhill Crane, the municipal course for the City of Palm Beach Gardens. The layout is unusual in that there are five par-5s, five par-3s and eight par-4s. Most par-72 courses have 10 par-4s.

James Driscoll, Brookline, MA, $1,056.34           32-35—67
Alan Wagner, Miami, $550                              34-33—67
John Duthie, Lansing, NY, $550                           33-34—67
Driscoll won playoff on sixth extra hole.

Ryan Linton, Lake Forest, IL, $365                      32-36—68
Louis Kelly, Deptford, NJ, $365.                            35-33—68
Evan Harmeling, North Reading, MA, $470.35   32-37—69
Ethan Votraw, Plattsburgh, NY, $246.67             35-34—69
Kyle Dobbs, Ann Arbor, MI, $246.67                    34-35—69
Marcelo Rozo, Bogota, Colombia, $254.59         34-36—70
Jason Thresher, West Suffield, MA, $151.25     34-36—70
Gavin Hall, Pittsford, NY, $151.25                        35-35—70
Matt Cowgill, North Palm Beach, $151.25    36-34—70
Evan Grenus, Glastonbury, CT, $83.34               35-36—71
Tyler Cline, Tuxedo, NY, $83.34                           36-35—71
Michael Midgette, Plainview, NY, $83.34             36-35—71
Willy Pumarol, Dominican Republic, $55             36-36—72
Sunny Kim, Queens, NY, $55                                33-39—72
Tano Goya, Ponte Vedra, $55                        36-36—72
Ryder Sutcliffe, Jupiter, $53.34                      36-37—73
Zach Zaback, Farmington, CT, $53.34                35-39—74

The money list includes purse, optional bonus pool and skins game.

Monday Qualifier No. 7
Ryan Linton, Lake Forest, IL, $1,000            69-66-68–203

Training Division
a-NaShawn Tyson, Stuart, $85                      31-38—69
Alvin Okada, Waianae, HI, $70                             35-37—72
a-Sean Dully, Salem, Miami, $60                  35-39—74

Nov. 23: Darkness wins

Three players were tied for first when darkness halted play in a Minor League Golf Tour tournament on the East course at Indian Spring Country Club. A fourth, Linton, had been eliminated when he made par-5 on the first extra hole.

In addition to Linton, the leaders at 6-under-par 66 included Chase Koepka of West Palm Beach and the Connecticut duo of Zach Zaback,, Farmington, and Jason Thresher, West Suffield. After the latter three had birdied the first hole, they matched par-3s on the second hole three times before play was suspended.

Chase Koepka, West Palm Beach, $750      33-33—66
Zach Zaback, Farmington, CT, $750                    34-32—66
Jason Thresher, West Suffield, CT, $750            34-32—66
Koepka, Zaback and Thresher co-champions after four extra holes.

Ryan Linton, Lake Forest, IL, $840                      33-33—66
Willy Pumarol, Dominican Republic, $325          33-35—68
Louis Deptford, NJ, $325                                        35-33—68
Sunny Kim, Queens, NY, $225                             33-37—70
Justin Feldman, Rockville, MD, $225                   37-33—70
Matt Cowgill, North Palm Beach, $160         37-34—71
James Driscoll, Brookline, MA, $130                    35-37—72
Kyle Dobbs, Ann Arbor,  MI, $77.50                     35-38—73
Marc Mazza, Palm Beach Gardens, $77.50 38-35—73
Ryder Sutcliffe, Jupiter, $77.50                      35-38—73
Tyler Cline, Tuxedo, NY, $77.50                           35-38—73
Marcelo Rozo, Bogata, Colombia, $55                37-37—74
Stephen P. Grant, Plantation, $16.67            37-38—75
Charles Maizel, New Milford, CT, $16.67            39-36—75
a-Austin Lemieux, Pittsburgh, PA, $16.67          38-37—75
Tim Hegarty, Briarcliff Manor, NY, $190              39-41–80

Training Division
Alvin Okada, Waianae, HI, $75                             36-41—77
a-Alexis Fray, Solon, OH, $25                               43-47–90


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