2004: Nationwide Tour - Finally, a winner at Wakefield
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The Nationwide Tour’s SAS Carolina Classic May 30 appeared as though it might never end.
Finally, Chris Anderson outlasted Brendan Jones on the eighth playoff hole to capture the $94,500 first-place check. Anderson, Jones, Jason Buha and Paul Gow all finished 72 holes at 13-under 271 over the TPC at Wakefield Plantation course.
Buha and Gow made pars on the first playoff hole but were eliminated as Anderson and Jones made birdies. Seven holes later, Anderson, 33, won the second-longest playoff in Nationwide Tour history with a 15-foot par putt on the par-4 10th. Jones missed a 7-foot par putt that would have extended the playoff.
The playoff was one hole short of the record set at the 1998 Lehigh Valley Open, where Eric Booker beat Notah Begay III.
“It was long; it was tiring,” said Anderson, who shot 68 Sunday to earn his first Nationwide Tour victory. “I could see him getting tired and I know I was tired.
“It just goes back and forth. I thought he had it, then I thought I had it. It just came down to one shot, and I made a great putt.”
Jones, who entered the final round with a three-shot lead over Gow and a five-shot advantage over Anderson, closed with a 2-over 73.
“We both could have won it at different times before it got to that point,” Jones said. “It’s a long way to come eight extra holes, to come up empty. Chris played as well as he had to. It’s disappointing to finish like that.”
Gow shot a 1-under 70, and Buha moved into a tie for the lead with a final-round 65. Jones, Gow and Buha earned $39,200.