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Toledo tops Perry in playoff in Quebec
Sainte-Julie, Quebec (Sports Network) - Esteban Toledo chipped in for a birdie on the third playoff hole Sunday to defeat Kenny Perry and win the Montreal Championship.
Toledo carded a 3-under 69 and Perry shot a 2-under 70 during their final rounds at La Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club's Rouville Course to each finish the tournament at 5-under-par 211.
Duffy Waldorf (70) finished in third at 4-under, while second-round leader Bernhard Langer tripped to a 3-over 75 in the final round to fall into a share of fourth at minus-3.
Langer was joined there by David Frost (70), Michael Allen (71) and Anders Forsbrand (72).
The first two playoff holes were contested on the 18th hole, where Toledo and Perry traded a pair of pars to move on to the third extra hole.
That time the players moved to the par-3 10th.
Perry was able to find the green about 20 feet away from the hole with his tee shot before Toledo missed the green.
But Toledo was able to convert his chip attempt and was awarded the win when Perry, a two-time major winner this season, was unable to match his birdie.
"You know, when Kenny missed the putt on that third hole playoff, I was shocked really. I know it was a 20-footer, but it was makeable to tie me," said Toledo. "I told my caddie at the time, I said whatever happens, it happens here. I was just very lucky I chip it in and I didn't have to go to another hole."
Langer's troubles started early as he tripped to a double-bogey 5 at the fourth to fall to 4-under and into a tie for the lead with Forsbrand and Perry.
Waldorf would make it a four-way tie with a pair of birdies at the seventh and ninth before Perry bounced back from a bogey at the seventh with back-to-back birdies at the eighth and ninth to grab the outright lead at minus-5.
But Forsbrand, who playing alongside Perry, also birdied the ninth to meet Perry atop the leaderboard. Perry then birdied the 11th to move ahead.
After Forsbrand traded a bogey at the 12th with a birdie at the 14th to remain a shot off the lead, the Swede bogeyed the 15th to fall two shots off the pace.
Toledo, meanwhile, followed a bogey at the second with birdies at the fourth, 10th, 14th and 16th to move to 5-under. He parred his final two holes to end there.
Perry then snapped a streak of five straight pars from the 12th with a bogey at the 17th to fall to 5-under and closed with a par at the last to force the playoff.
"I didn't putt well all week, but I putted well enough. I drove it okay. My irons were just okay," Perry lamented. "The golf course really had us all. The greens were very firm. It was very difficult to get it close to the hole."
NOTES: Toledo's other win this season came at the Insperity Championship in May in Texas, which he also won on the third playoff hole ... Perry won back- to-back major championships this season at the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open ... Toledo is the fourth consecutive Champions Tour rookie to win an event, joining Bart Bryant, John Riegger and Rocco Mediate ... It was the fourth playoff on tour this season.
09/08 19:23:37 ET
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