Kirk Triplett took home the crystal trophy on Sunday, March 10 by winning the Hoag Classic at Newport Beach Country Club, a premier stop on the PGA Tour Champions circuit.
Triplett had previously birdied the 18th hole to tie Woody Austin at -10 at the end of regulation play to force extra holes. Both players then parred the first sudden-death hole, the par five 18th. Then playing it a second time, Austin hit his drive right to find the rough, while Triplett striped his down the middle of the fairway. Faced with a difficult lie, Austin hit his second shot short and right of the green.