Michigan - Paul Broadhurst won The Ally Challenge on Sunday
for his PGA Tour Champions-leading third victory of the season, closing with a
birdie to beat Brandt Jobe by two strokes in tour golf's return to Warwick
Fighting a back injury, Broadhurst rebounded from a bogey on
the par-3 11th with birdies on the par-4 12th and par-5 13th and made a 15-foot
birdie putt on the par-4 18th.
"Pretty special," Broadhurst said. "I was
seriously wondering whether I would play this week. Back home last week, and
pulled a muscle in my back. The physio has done a great job out here this week
to get me fit."
The 53-year-old Englishman finished at 15-under 201 on the
tree-lined layout that was the long-time home of the PGA Tour's Buick Open.
"At times it was really scrappy," Broadhurst said.
"My game wasn't totally in the groove. It was in spells. ... And the
rhythm was getting quicker and quicker. But that goes with the pressure of
leading the tournament, I'm sure."
Jobe birdied five of the first six holes on the back nine in
a 67. He's winless on the 50-and-over tour.
"It's frustrating because you only get so many chances,
right?" Jobe said. "I had a good chance today, especially the way I
played the back nine. Gosh, I mean, 18 I've got L-wedge in, I hit it 15 feet on
17. So every hole I had a great chance on the back nine, that's all you can ask
for. I just didn't get it done, which is frustrating."
Tom Lehman bogeyed the 18th for a 70 to drop into a tie for
third with Mark O'Meara (69) at 13 under.
Broadhurst won for the second time this year in Michigan,
following his Senior PGA victory at Benton Harbor in May with his fifth senior
title. He also teamed with Kirk Triplett for a playoff victory over Lehman and
Bernhard Langer in April in the Legends of Golf.
Scott McCarron, tied for the second-round lead with Tom
Lehman and Jeff Maggert, had a 77 to tie for 33rd at 5 under.
The winner two weeks ago in Canada, McCarron dropped four
strokes on the final two holes on the front nine, making a bogey on the par-3
eighth and a triple bogey on the par-4 ninth. Maggert shot a 72 to tie for
eighth at 10 under.