Alker wins Web.com Tour-record 11-hole playoff
Sunday, June 8, 2014
WESTLAKE, Ohio – New Zealand's Steven Alker won the Cleveland Open on Sunday in the longest playoff in Web.com Tour history, beating South Africa's Dawie van der Walt with a birdie on the 11th extra hole.
Alker and van der Walt parred for first 10 holes in the playoff at Lakewood Country Club before Alker finally broke through on the par-4 18th.
The 11-hole playoff broke the tour record of nine set it 1998 in Eric Booker's victory over Notah Begay III in the Lehigh Valley Open, and matched in 2009 in Gary Christian's win over Mathias Gronberg in the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. It also matched the record for the longest playoff in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, set in the 1949 Motor City Open when Cary Middlecoff and Lloyd Mangrum were declared co-winners because of darkness.
Alker bogeyed the final two holes of regulation for a 6-under 65, while van der Walt birdied the last two holes for a 66. They finished at 14-under 270 on the A.W. Tillinghast-designed course that opened in 1921.
Aklker earned $108,000 to jump from 102nd to 12th on the money list with $125,180. He has four career victories on the tour.
South Korea's Si Woo Kim was a stroke back after a 65, while Jon Curran, Jason Gore, Jeff Curl and Ryan Armour tied for fourth at 11 under.