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Champions Tour rookie Shane Bertsch breaks through

American journeyman, who was winless in 194 PGA Tour starts, eagles 1st playoff hole to win in 2nd start on 50-and-older circuit

25: Length, in feet, of the eagle putt that American Shane Bertsch sank on the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, on Saturday to win the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Series at Bass Pro Shops Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo. It was the first victory on the Champions Tour for Bertsch, who turned 50 on March 30 and was making only his second start. Bertsch was winless in 194 starts on the PGA Tour, from 1993 to 2018. He won three times in 325 starts on what today is known as the Korn Ferry Tour. "This is a special one," Bertsch said. "I've always had a hard time saying what my most special moment in golf is, but without a doubt it was that putt on the first playoff hole.” Bertsch, who held a three-shot lead after two rounds of the 54-hole event, closed with a final-round 1-over 72 to share the top spot with Bernhard Langer (68), Kenny Perry (68) and Glen Day (66) at 13-under 200 at Buffalo Ridge Golf Course (scores). Perry, a 10-time winner on the Champions Tour, blew a one-stroke lead with a bogey on the final hole, forcing a playoff. Bertsch, the medalist at the Champions Tour’s 2019 Q-School, earned a career-high $450,000 with the victory. The tournament was the first of two 54-hole events to be played in a seven-day span at the southwest Missouri resort. The Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National will be held Monday through Wednesday, with Phil Mickelson making his debut (tee times).

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