Brian Gay wins the Bermuda Championship claiming his first title since 2013.
Gay had to birdie his last 2 holes, first on the 72nd hole of the championship to get into the playoff and second on the first playoff hole to beat Wyndham Clark.
Gay started the day 5 shots behind overnight leader Doc Redman but made a solid start to his final round going out in a 33. Clark who was more impressive went out in a 31 putting him right into contention of the tournament.
Both men battled it out on the back nine and it was Gay’s turn to record a 31 with 5 birdies and a bogey on the back nine. Meanwhile Clark finished with a 1 under 34 putting both men at 15 under the card.
To get into the playoff Gay had to make a remarkable birdie on his 18th hole while Clark just missed his birdie to claim victory.
In a game of chances both Clark and Gay had a look at birdie on the first playoff hole and while Gay managed to roll his in, Clark slid his birdie by the hole again handing Gay victory.
The win means that Gay will have this PGA Tour card through the 2022 – 2023 season and by that time he will be into his 50’s.
“I did wonder,” said Gay after cementing his first title in nearly eight years. “I’ve struggled the last few months and been quite miserable on the golf course at times. Everyone around me kept telling me, ‘You’re still going to win. My wife says, ‘You’re still going to win; do it again.’
“Just kept at it. Crazy game; you never know what’s going to happen. And it’s really hard to believe right now.”
Through Gay’s challenges there was a natural level of comfort upon arrival in Bermuda.
“It’s in the back of your mind,” said Gay when asked whether he liked his chances even before teeing it up. “I had good feelings from last year, finishing tied for third, so I was looking forward to coming back. It’s not something you want to think about too much or have over-expectations, but just know that you’re in a good place and just do your thing and have a chance to play well.
“I love Bermuda greens. Living in Florida, the wind doesn’t bother me; I think it’s familiarity with the Bermudagrass. It’s not a long golf course. It’s a golf course where I get a lot of short clubs and you can’t really overpower a golf course. It keeps the shorter hitters in the game. Everybody has a chance here.”
“I’ve always been a short hitter; short, straight, good short game,” Gay said. “The guys are young and hitting it really far, so I’ve tried to do some things in the gym and some stuff with my swing, to get some more distance to try to stay out here longer.
“I want to stay past turning 50. Right now, I still feel I want to play out here. Everyone asks me, ‘When are you going to PGA TOUR Champions?’ and I tried to just focus on the PGA TOUR until I decide to go over there. It’s pretty cool that it (victory) happened. Really unexpected.”