Qualifier Barron tops Couples in En Joie

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) Doug Barron became the 13th Monday qualifier to win a PGA Tour Champions event, holing two 15-foot birdie putts after a rain delay to beat Fred Couples by two strokes Sunday in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

Making his second senior start after turning 50 last month, Barron closed with a 6-under 66 at at En Joie Golf Club to finish the wire-to-wire victory at 17-under 199. With Couples in the clubhouse after a 63, Barron returned from the rain delay to hole the first 15-footer on the par-4 15th to break a tie for the lead, then doubled the advantage with the second one on the par-3 17th.

"I had fun," Barron said. "I enjoyed every minute of it. Honestly, when you're competing and you can bring out your best at the end, that's cool stuff. That was fun for me. That birdie at 17 was just money to me."

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