Thompson, Aubert win Dixie Amateur titles
Curtis Thompson birdied the second hole of a sudden-death playoff on Sunday to win the Dixie Amateur at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla. -- becoming the seventh player to win the title twice in his amateur career.
The LSU star -- and brother to the LPGA's Lexi Thompson and PGA Tour's Nick Thompson -- outlasted Florida State's Jack Maguire after each fired a 7-under 65 to force the playoff. They were never separated by more than a shot all day.
“I really didn’t know what I shot,” Thompson told DixieAmateur.com. “I thought I had 66. I was more concerned with playing each shot.”
Thompson, who also won the Dixie in 2011, could have won the title outright on the 72nd hole, but missed a 10-footer for par after a birdie on No. 17 gave him the lead. Maguire two-putted for par after his birdie attempt was inches short.
“I can’t be disappointed shooting 7 under,” Maguire said. “This was one of my best rounds of the year and as long as I didn’t lose it, that’s all I care about. Curtis played just great.”
Thompson is the seventh player to win the title twice, and did so against a field that featured players from a record 31 countries.
“Win, lose or draw,” he said, “it was a lot of fun today.”
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Shannon Aubert took a three-shot lead into the final round of the Dixie Amateur, but had to claw her way to the title on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to fend of Simin Feng on Saturday.
After losing the lead to Feng on the front nine, Aubert posted birdies on Nos. 10, 12 and 13 to regain control and took a one-shot lead into the 18th hole.
Playing with Feng and Nicole Morales, the Stanford-bound Aubert saw Morales make an unbelievable par with a 35-footer after having to take a penalty stroke due to a poor tee shot. Moments before that, Feng had chipped in from 60 feet for an improbable birdie to tie Aubert at 8 under. Aubert two-putted for a par to send it to extra holes.
Aubert and Feng played the 18th hole again in the playoff, with Aubert finding a greenside bunker and Feng coming up short of the green. Feng chipped to 5 feet and Aubert blasted out to 9 feet. Aubert would drain the putt, while Feng lipped out.
“Yeah, it felt more like 60 feet. It was nerve-racking," Aubert told MiamiHerald.com.
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Doug Hanzel won the senior-division title of the 83rd Dixie Amateur at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla., posting a 5-under 211 total. Finishing in second was his longtime friend, Jack Hall, who posted a three-day total of 213.