Long putt gives Gilder Champions title
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)
Bob Gilder rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18, then watched Mark Brooks bogey the hole to escape with a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Principal Charity Classic.
Brooks seemed assured of his first victory in seven starts on the Champions Tour when he led by three strokes with four to play. But he hit into the water on 17 and needed a nifty putt just to make bogey, then three-putted on 18 to hand the title to Gilder, who also won this tournament in 2002.
The 60-year-old Gilder earned his 10th victory on the senior circuit but first since 2006. He closed with a 6-under 65 for a 14-under 199 total.
Brooks, the leader after the first two rounds, shot 68. Mike Goodes and Rod Spittle each came in at 65 to finish two strokes back. Mark Calcavecchia, who trailed Brooks by one stroke heading into Sunday, shot 69 and finished three off the lead.