AMERICA’S Willie Wood has had another spectacular come from behind win on the US Champions Tour, this time spoiling the party for overnight leader Bill Glasson at the 2012 Pacific Links Hawaii Championship.
Glasson, seeking his first win on any of the American tours in 15 years, started the day with a four shot lead and looked a certainly when he stretched the gap by a further stroke midway through his round.
But going 248 events without a title probably doesn’t prepare you the best for winning and he opened the door on the back nine with five bogeys in eight holes.
Wood had been an afterthought all week but grabbed a share of the tournament lead on the 53rd hole when he birdied the 17th.
There was another successful long downhill putt for birdie on the 18th to take a one stroke lead and really put the pressure on Glasson, following in the final group with Peter Senior.
Glasson smoked his drive down the centre of the 18th fairway but his sand wedge approach shot on the par-four was probably his worst shot of the week and he bogeyed, handing the title to the waiting Wood.
Wood did much the same thing in his first Champions Tour victory in New York last month when he sunk an improbable birdie putt on the 18th to pressure then leader Michael Allen into a playoff. Wood, who hadn’t had a share of the lead till after he finished, won that event (Dick’s Sporting Goods Open) on the first extra hole with another pressure putt.
The 51 year old closed with a 6-under 66 at the Kapolei Golf Course in Oahu, finishing on 14-under after being bogey free for the entire tournament.
Glasson (72) was a stroke behind and Australia’s Peter Senior (69) finished with four straight birdies to be alone in third on 12 under.
Senior led after a first round 65 but following a second round 2-under 70 just couldn’t sink a putt in the final round till the 15th. Then he sank all of them.
Prior to the run, Senior’s driving and iron play was exceptional, with just the broomstick putter letting him down. He had his lone bogey for the day on the 13th with a rare fluffed iron shot.
In 19 Champions Tour events this year the 53 year old has had one second placing, two thirds, nine top 10’s and 14 top 25’s.
With just three full-field events to go before the Charles Schwab Cup playoff, Senior is 12th in the standings.