David Toms beats Dicky Pride in playoff to win in St. Louis

David Toms survived a late challenge from Dicky Pride and won on the first playoff hole to claim the title at the inaugural Ascension Charity Classic in St. Louis.

Toms shot a bogey-free, 5-under 66 to finish the week at 10-under 203 at Norwood Hills Country Club. That put him in the lead by himself for most of the afternoon, until Pride sank a long birdie at No. 18 to card a 4-under 67 and tie Toms atop the leaderboard.

Toms, 54, two-putted for par on the first playoff hole, but Pride’s midrange par putt to extend the playoff came up inches short.

A 13-time winner on the PGA Tour, Toms’ only Champions Tour victory before Sunday came at a major, the 2018 U.S. Senior Open.

Toms and Pride were one stroke better than Woody Austin and Jay Haas. Austin posted a 65 for the low round of the day, and Haas finished with a 67. Jerry Kelly (68) finished in fifth at 8 under.

Jim Furyk, the 17-time PGA Tour winner and Champions Tour rookie, held the lead for a brief time during Sunday’s round. But a double bogey on the par-3 12th hole eventually led to an even-par 71. Furyk, Rocco Mediate (70) and Doug Barron (72) tied for sixth at 7 under.

Ken Tanigawa, who shared the 36-hole lead with Barron, dropped out of contention with a final-round 73 to finish in a seven-way tie for ninth at 6 under.

The Ascension Charity Classic was set to debut in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic led to its cancellation that year.


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