Former pro Patterson wins S.C. Open

Catching up to professional Patrick Rada and surpassing him in a three-hole playoff, amateur John Patterson won the South Carolina Open on Thursday at Belfair Plantation's West Course in Bluffton, S.C.

A second-round 68 was the low number of Patterson's week. Tied for second to start the third round, Patterson shot an even-par 72 in the final round, forcing the playoff after Rada finished with back-to-back bogeys. Patterson went on to make a 25-foot putt to win the playoff.

“I played solid all three days of the tournament," said Patterson, who reached the round of 16 at last year's U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. The former pro is on staff at Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie, S.C., and in 2000 reached the final stage of the PGA Tour's Q-School.

Rada earned $3,300 with his runner-up finish.

Aaron Black and Robert Register finished T-3 at 3 under.

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