2002: Back-to-back Bob: Gilder records 4th title

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This is something Bob Gilder can get used to.

For the second time this season, Gilder recorded back-to-back victories. The most recent triumph came Sept. 8 at the Kroger Senior Classic at TPC at River’s Bend.

Gilder, 51, edged Tom Jenkins with a 2-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff. Both finished at 16-under 200.

It was the sixth victory in two years on the Senior PGA Tour for Gilder – including four in eight weeks this year. Three of his four titles in 2002 have come in playoffs, where Gilder is 4-0 on the PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour.

“I’ve probably played this well, but I’ve never had this kind of success,” said Gilder, who also won six times on the PGA Tour. “Life is really pretty good right now.”

Gilder won the Allianz Championship Sept. 1 along with the SBC Senior Open and FleetBoston Classic in July.

Jenkins made a charge at Gilder with a final-round, course-record, 10-under 62.

“I missed an 8-footer at No. 1 and said, ‘Here we go again,’ ” Jenkins said. “I made a birdie at No. 4 and thought, ‘Well, maybe.’ Then I got it going at No. 6.”

From there, Jenkins made four consecutive birdies to make the turn at 31, and added five more birdies on the back nine.

“The adrenaline started going after the birdie at 14,” Jenkins said. “I made a good par at 16 and then made birdie at 17 but still didn’t know where I stood. I had a good chance for eagle at 18. I had a chance to win.”

But his 45-foot eagle putt narrowly missed.

“To shoot 62 . . . how can you complain?” Jenkins said. “But it is disappointing to get this close and lose.”

That’s two close calls for Jenkins at the Kroger Senior– he lost in a playoff to Jim Thorpe last year at Kings Island’s Grizzly Course.

– Staff and wire reports

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