Wiebe bests Mason on 3rd playoff hole

June 12, 2011 at 6:32 PM
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CONOVER, N.C., June 12 (UPI) -- Mark Wiebe's par on the third playoff hole Sunday secured him a marathon victory over James Mason at the Greater Hickory Classic in North Carolina.

The playoff was necessitated when Wiebe and Mason both ended with 7-under 65s to finish at 19-under-par 197.

Both made birdie putts on the first playoff hole, after which came a weather delay. Play resumed an hour later and the pair again played No. 18 and again knotted, with both golfers making par.

That set up a third extra hole played on the par-3 No. 17 at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

Wiebe and Mason both hit the green with their first shots, with Wiebe much further away. His birdie try rolled 5 feet past the cup, while Mason's ran 4 feet past the hole.

Wiebe then converted for par, but Mason missed on the left edge, handing Wiebe his third career Champions Tour win.

Fred Funk carded a 10-under 62 for a share of third place with Chip Beck (66) at minus-18.

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