AFTER 36 attempts Welshman Ian Woosnam has his first US Champions Tour victory, sinking a 30-foot birdie putt in a playoff Sunday to win the 2015 Insperity Invitational.
“I’ve got a point to prove really. And I did,” said the 57 year old, who was playing on a sponsor exemption at The Woodlands Country Club in Texas.
Woosnam won the 1991 US Masters, has 29 victories on the European Tour, captained Europe’s winning 2006 Ryder Cup team and has five wins on the European Senior Tour; but things have been lean in the US for a while.
“I’ve been wanting to play,” Woosnam said. “I was exempt for a couple of years, but I wanted to be with my family and everything, but now kids are growing up more and I can spend a bit more time over here. It’s a great Tour and it’s a pleasure to be here and I’m thankful for the sponsors to give me the invites and, hopefully, I’ve paid them off.”
Woosnam shot a final round 4-under 68 to finish on 11-under along with tour regulars Kenny Perry (66) and Tom Lehman (69).
His 30 foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole promptly ended proceedings.
“Great feeling,” Woosnam said. “I knew my game was coming around, so I was a little bit disappointed in the beginning of the week that I was struggling with a bad back, but I managed to dig in and grind through it.
“I feel like I’m getting a bit too old to go through the pain, but it paid off and I felt a lot better today. I played some great golf and I was fortunate to hole that long putt.”
Peter Senior (71) finished the best of the Aussies at 3-under tied for 24th with Steve Elkington (72) not being able to overcome a poor opening round and Tim Elliott blowing out on the final day.Champions Tour Leaderboard