Jones wins a sudden death thriller
Monday, September 16 2013, 12:55 AM EDT
Known for her dogged determination throughout her LPGA career, Rosie Jones once again displayed her famous tenacity by outlasting Lorie Kane in a five-hole playoff to win The Legends Tour’s Harris Golf Charity Classic.
Both players carded final-round scores of 4-under 68 and were tied for the lead at 8-under 136 after two rounds of regulation play at Falmouth Country Club.
In the extra holes, Jones and Kane matched two-putt pars in four of their return visits to the 18th hole. Jones finally ended the playoff on the fifth extra trip to No. 18 when she struck a hybrid club from the fairway and her shot rolled to within eight feet of the flagstick. She made the putt for birdie to win her sixth Legends Tour title and to earn her first victory of 2013.
“This was probably the toughest win I’ve had on The Legends Tour,” said Jones of Atlanta, who won 13 LPGA Tour titles. “It’s been almost 10 years since I’ve been in a playoff, so it was important to stay patient and just play one shot at a time.”
Going into the playoff, Jones said she knew she had to stay focused against Kane, who is a longer hitter.
“On the first playoff hole, there was like a Walmart between her tee shot and mine, but I ended up hitting it onto the green pretty good,” said Jones, who pocketed $25,000 as the winner. “Lorie Kane is a tough competitor, but I’m proud of myself for staying mentally tough.”
Kane was hoping to take advantage of her length in today’s final round. The Canadian fought back after a double-bogey cost her two shots on the 12th hole.
Staying patient, Kane birdied the par-5 14th hole to move into a tie with Jones at 8 under. She had two more opportunities to take the outright lead, but lipped out birdie chances on holes 16 and 17.