Faxon & Sluman take 2013 Legends of Golf

Baker-Finch sunk a birdie putt on the third playoff hole to clinch the 36 hole title
Baker-Finch sunk a birdie putt on the third playoff hole to clinch the 36 hole title

Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman have won the US Champions Tour’s annual two-man better-ball competition with Peter Senior and Mark Calcavecchia just two strokes back tied for fourth.

The American winners shot a final round 7-under 65 for a 23-under total in the 2013 Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf at The Club at Savannah Harbor.

Fred Funk and Mike Goodes (63) tied for second with Kenny Perry and Gene Sauers (62) while Senior and Calcavecchia (66) finished on 21-under tied with seven other teams.

Tour rookies Steve Elkington and Rocco Mediate (66) were just a stroke behind tied for 12th.

The leaderboard changed several times during the final round but Faxon and Sluman prevailed with their bogey-free effort. Their decisive birdie came at No. 14 when Sluman made an eight-foot putt.

Sluman had been a two-time runner-up previously when he teamed with Craig Stadler in 2008 and 2009. They lost in a two-hole playoff with Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman in 2009. Sluman and Faxon were also T3 a year ago.

Baker-Finch wins 36 Hole Raphael Division

Australia’s Ian Baker-Finch and last minute replacement partner Bart Bryant won the Raphael Division of the Legends of Golf event.

Baker-Finch and Bryant took the title on the third playoff hole after the Aussie birdied from eight feet to defeat former University of Houston teammates Keith Fergus and Blaine McCallister.

“It’s a buzz every time you perform under pressure,” said Baker-Finch, who for years has spent more time calling tournaments than playing in them. “To win out here with all of the guys that I used to play with, it was great fun.”

Baker-Finch infamously lost his game a couple years after winning the 1991 British Open, and all but walked away from the game a few years later when moving into television in 1998.

“I made my decision a long time ago, I decided to spend more time with the family and work with television and I’ve made my bed and now I’ve got to lie in it,” he said. “I love to just have that opportunity every once in a while to come out. I can’t play anywhere near as good as these guys do, but every once in a while to come out and play in an event like this, it’s just a great thrill for me.”

 

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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