Rosie Jones Edges Kane in LPGA Legends Tour Playoff
FALMOUTH, MAINE, Sept. 15, 2013 – Known for her dogged determination throughout her LPGA career, Rosie Jones once again displayed her famous tenacity by outlasting Lorie Kane in a five-hole playoff to win The Legends Tour’s Harris Golf Charity Classic.
Both players carded final-round scores of 4-under 68 and were tied for the lead at 8-under 136 after two rounds of regulation play at Falmouth Country Club.
In the extra holes, Jones and Kane matched two-putt pars in four of their return visits to the 18th hole. Jones finally ended the playoff on the fifth extra trip to No. 18 when she struck a hybrid club from the fairway and her shot rolled to within eight feet of the flagstick. She made the putt for birdie to win her sixth Legends Tour title and to earn her first victory of 2013.
“This was probably the toughest win I’ve had on The Legends Tour,” said Jones of Atlanta, who won 13 LPGA Tour titles. “It’s been almost 10 years since I’ve been in a playoff, so it was important to stay patient and just play one shot at a time.”
Going into the playoff, Jones said she knew she had to stay focused against Kane, who is a longer hitter.
“On the first playoff hole, there was like a Walmart between her tee shot and mine, but I ended up hitting it onto the green pretty good,” said Jones, who pocketed $25,000 as the winner. “Lorie Kane is a tough competitor, but I’m proud of myself for staying mentally tough.”
Kane was hoping to take advantage of her length in today’s final round. The Canadian fought back after a double-bogey cost her two shots on the 12th hole.
Staying patient, Kane birdied the par-5 14th hole to move into a tie with Jones at 8 under. She had two more opportunities to take the outright lead, but lipped out birdie chances on holes 16 and 17.
Kane, who still plays on the LPGA Tour, felt confident going into the playoff, but she also was keenly aware of Jones’ ability to scramble under pressure.
“Rosie is not very long, but she is deadly with the hybrid, and it tends to be a hybrid that she would hit into 18, which was the playoff hole,” said Kane, who has four wins on the LPGA Tour.
“You can’t give that woman an inch because she will take a mile,” added Kane, of Jones’ never-say-die style of play. “She hit an unbelievable shot into the green for a putt she’s made in many Solheim Cups and to win many tournaments.”
Once again, Kane, who has won once on The Legends Tour, added her ninth top-10 finish in 10 events this season. Kane collected $16,000 as runner-up.
First-round leader Barb Mucha (72) of Orlando, Fla., finished third three shots off the lead at 5-under 139, while Jane Crafter (69) of Australia finished fourth at 4-under 140.
Tied for fifth at 3-under 141 was the trio of Jenny Lidback (69), Cindy Rarick (70) and Sherri Steinhauer (71).
Today’s playoff between Jones and Kane matched the longest in Legends Tour history. The last five-hole playoff came in 2005 at the BJ’s Charity Championship two-player team event. That tournament went to five extra holes and was suspended due to darkness. The team of Cindy Rarick and Jan Stephenson and the team of Pat Bradley and Patty Sheehan were named as co-champions.
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