RIDGEDALE, Mo–A slate grey bank of clouds greeted the 36 teams on championship Sunday.
But the expected rain held off for most of the day.
It’s not unexpected though. Rain has been a part of the Legends for its five year history at Top of the Rock. If there’s a silver lining, the winning team will split nearly 350-thousand dollars.
The celebrity shootout started the fun. Kid Rock with the help of Jack Nicklaus sinks this long birdie putt on nine. But Larry the Cable Guy and Johnny Miller won the skins game.
The sun came out at the turn and Kirk Triplett and Paul Broadhurst had a one stroke lead.
But on 12, Vijay Singh holed this bunker shot for a birdie and took the lead at -22. It was a glimpse of things to come.
Then on 14 his partner Carlos Franco chipped in this birdie to move to -23.
But Broadhurst answers with this pressure packed birdie to stay tied up.
“Yea it was shot for shot, birdie for birdie I think we just edged them on 15 or something like that,” said Paul Broadhurst.
Singh and Franco could not keep the pace. Tom Lehman and Bernhardt Langer could. On 16 Langer sinks this birdie to put them into a tie at -23.
“Yea we were always a couple behind. So we figured we had to finish very strong to hopefully get a W out of this,” said Bernhardt Langer.
But Triplett answers with a birdie on 15 to retake the lead at -24.
“He wasn’t sneaking. We were on the tee on almost every hole watching him putt for birdie. So we knew what they were doing,” said Kirk Triplett.
On 18, Lehman runs in this birdie putt to finish at -24.
“Well it was a four foot putt, maybe four and a half. Just an inside the right edge putt. And I hit a really solid putt,” said Tom Lehman.
Triplett and Broadhurst parred the last hole and the Legends had its first playoff and Triplett made it memorable. This pitch out of the sand runs in for a birdie and the team wins the Legends.
“The minute I hit it I knew it was close. When it dropped in I was happy,” said Triplett.
“We we joking right before he played. In real time VJ holed an unbelievable shot. And I said just do a Vijay and he did,” said Broadhurst.
It was Triplett’s first playoff win in his PGA career. And the team splits the nearly $350,000 first place check.
“It just goes to show you, his game. Crazy, crazy times,” said Triplett.