In one of the most exciting and dramatic finishes in memory, Bret Taylor sunk a 15-foot putt from the fringe of the 17th green to defeat defending champion Tony Brown Monday for the 2017 Labor Day Classic golf tournament.
It was on the second playoff hole that Taylor, who missed a perfect opportunity to win the tournament on the first playoff hole (the par-3 10th), seemed assured of getting the job done on the 17th when Brown badly mishit a chip shot short of the green.
When Brown then struck an outstanding chip to give himself an excellent shot at one-putting, chances appeared good that there would be at least one more playoff hole.
On the par-5 17th, Brown rested his second shot about 30 yards to the right front of the green on a bare patch of ground (smack dab on a cart patch) while Taylor stroked his second shot to the fringe of the green on the left.
Brown’s flub from the fringe opened the tournament up to either party again — until, alas, Taylor made the shot of the day.
Taylor and Brown were joined in Monday’s Final Four by Jon Emerson of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Brett Benson of Odebolt, Iowa.
After 18 holes, Taylor and Brown finished with 2-over-par 73s.
While Emerson and Benson lost strokes, Brown made a big 8-foot putt on the 14th hole to go even while Taylor lost a stroke to go three over par.
But one hole later, Taylor cut the margin to a single stroke after hitting an outstanding second shot onto the 15th green.
They were deadlocked after 17, and they remained tied after 18 when Brown — missing the fairway and behind a bunch of trees — made a superlative shot to leave him just short of the green.