Spittle edges Sluman in Texas playoff

Oct. 31, 2010 at 7:01 PM
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SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Rod Spittle's par on the first hole of a sudden death playoff Sunday capped a late-round charge and handed the Canadian the AT&T Championship.

Spittle downed Jeff Sluman on the extra hole and captured his first Champions Tour title after birdying three straight holes down the stretch. He ended regulation with a 4-under-par 67, joining Sluman at 12-under 201.

Spittle won on the par-three 18th at the Oak Hills course in San Antonio after Sluman couldn't match his par.

Sluman had forced an extra hole thanks to back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16, also ending the third round with a 67.

Larry Nelson, meanwhile, failed in his bid to become the oldest winner in the senior tour's history. The 63-year-old came in with a 1-shot lead but stumbled to a 70.

He finished in third place with John Cook (68) and Taiwan's Chien Soon Lu (69) at 11-under 202.

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