Westmoreland wins Patriot All-America in playoff
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
On a day that saw the lead change hands five times, Kyle Westmoreland outlasted Toni Hakula on the sixth playoff hole to win the Patriot All-America Invitational on the Gold Course at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
Westmoreland, the 36-hole leader, sank a 3-footer for birdie to win the title.
Both Hakula and Westmoreland birdied the final hole in regulation to force the playoff at 5-under 205.
Defending champion Sebastian Cappelen, Thomas Lim, Taylor Moore and Hakula all held or shared the lead on Tuesday.
“I knew that Thomas (Lim) was playing well and that I needed to stick to the game plan and execute like I’d planned,” said Westmoreland, who plays at the Air Force Academy. “Fortunately I was able to on most of those occasions. I made some putts - made some putts I needed to make - a couple of par putts that were about 10 feet. I was able to make those. Those were clutch and could have been real momentum changers. I missed a few putts but was fortunate to make the one on 18.”
Hakula, a Texas product, was the most dangerous late, picking up four birdies on the back nine, including at the 17th and 18th holes to jump into the lead for the first time in the tournament. Now trailing by one and playing in the final group, Westmoreland sunk a 10-footer for birdie on No. 18 to force the playoff.
Westmoreland's birdie on the sixth playoff hole was the only one of the playoffs, with the first five halved with pars.
Cappelen, Lim and Moore finished a shot back in third place with 4-under 206.