Wadkins wins ACE Group Classic

Bobby Wadkins won the ACE Group Classic, holing a 13-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke win over Allen Doyle.

updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Bobby Wadkins won the ACE Group Classic on Sunday, holing a 13-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Allen Doyle in the US Champions Tour event. Wadkins, the brother of 2000 champion Lanny Wadkins, finished with a 15-under 201 total and earned $240,000 for his fourth American seniors tour title. Doyle shot a 70. "I've been lucky," Wadkins said. "I've made some nice putts on the last hole to win some tournaments and I did it again today, so it's pretty sweet.” Tied final hole Wadkins and Doyle, the 1999 champion, came into the final hole tied at 14 under. Doyle, who had led all day, hit a solid tee shot and put a layup shot in good position, 90 yards short of the green. Wadkins hit a 3-wood to try to get on the green, but was short and just right of the greenside bunker in the rough. After laying up, Doyle didn't hit a good pitch shot, pushing it to the right. He was 25 feet away. Doyle hit a good putt, but left it short. "I was trying to hit plenty of club to get it back there, and the grip kind of slipped in my hand and I left it way right," Doyle said. "It was not a very good shot. That, for me, is the bread and butter shot and I didn't get it." Wadkins had to stand in the bunker with a sidehill lie for his third shot. He pitched out and the ball released and got up on the plateau. Eduardo Romero (68) and Mike Reid (69) each birdied the final hole to tie for third at 13 under. Mark O'Meara, who started the day one shot behind Doyle and tied with Wadkins, closed with a 71 in his second senior start to tied for fourth with defending champion Loren Roberts (66) at 12 under.