2005: Nationwide/Champions - This time around, Thorpe keeps the cash

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Milton, Fla.

When Jim Thorpe won the FedEx Kinko’s Classic May 1, he donated the $247,000 check to Crossings Community Church in Lake Mary, Fla. But after making it two in a row May 16 in a Monday finish at the Blue Angels Classic, Thorpe had other plans.

“I think my wife’s going to keep this one,” Thorpe said after beating Morris Hatalsky on Monday’s second playoff hole. “I’ll still give my 10 percent to the church, but my wife will get the rest.”

Thorpe made it to the playoff when Hatalsky’s usually reliable putter let him down on Sunday. Darkness set in at the Moors Golf Club after one playoff hole, and the players returned Monday to settle the deal.

“My putter let me down,” said Hatalsky, whose key miss came when he made bogey Sunday on No. 16. “It was my tournament to win.”

Said Thorpe, who birdied the third playoff hole to win the fifth playoff in the tournament’s history: “I got new life (Sunday), and was surprised that he missed the putts he did because his stroke is so good. I’m just glad we didn’t come here and make double bogeys in the playoff today.”

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