Jobe wins Principal Charity Classic
Claims first PGA TOUR Champions victory, staves off field at Wakonda Club
June 11, 2017
By The Associated Press
- Brandt Jobe shot a 3-under 69 in tough conditions to earn the win in Des Moines, Iowa. (Courtesy of Ted Sandeen/Principal Charity Classic)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Brandt Jobe could only laugh as he watched Scott McCarron, his old college roommate, rush up the leaderboard and threaten to steal the Principal Charity Classic out from under him.
But Jobe stayed steady and, armed with a new putter, closed out the win he had sought for nearly two decades.
Jobe won his first PGA TOUR Champions event Sunday by one shot, finishing at 14-under 202 for his first victory in 19 years.
Jobe shot a 3-under 69 in the final round at the Wakonda Club to snap a winless drought that had stretched back to 1998, when he took first in a tournament in Japan.
"It's hard. You're out here to win, and I haven't done as good of a job as I would have liked," Jobe said. "This is nice. It's a little bit of a relief."
McCarron, who won the Principal Charity Classic last year, was second at 13 under after shooting a final round 66 -- the day's best score.
Kevin Sutherland holed out for an eagle on No. 18 to join McCarron at 203.
Schwab Cup money leader Bernhard Langer finished at 12 under, while Scott Verplank, Tom Lehman and Steve Flesch were another shot back.
Marco Dawson and Stephen Ames finished at 207.
Jobe, who used a brand-new putter this weekend, responded to his first back-nine bogey of the tournament a hole later, making birdie on No. 15 to regain the lead.
Jobe put himself in some danger with a shaky tee shot on the par-3 17th hole, but he managed to save par.
Jobe then drilled his first shot on No. 18 straight down the fairway and watched as Sutherland's eagle made a three-man playoff a possibility.
But Jobe two-putted from the fringe to seal the win, a fitting end to a tournament in which Jobe simply made most of the short putts he needed to make.
"For me, it lets me know that the things I'm doing are good and to keep doing them," Jobe said.
McCarron, who graduated with Jobe from UCLA in 1988, strung together six consecutive birdies to grab a share of the lead with five holes to go.
But McCarron ran out of luck, missing birdie putts on Nos. 17 and 18 that would've pulled him even with Jobe.
"I hung in there," McCarron said. "When you have one of your best friends win a golf tournament, it means a lot to (Jobe), so really proud of him."
Langer, who was attempting to become the first PGA TOUR Champions golfer in seven years to win three consecutive starts, shot 67 on Sunday.
Langer had five bogeys in the second round. Langer had a makeable birdie putt on No. 18, but he pulled it inches away from the hole.
"I was pleased with most of what I did," said Langer, who posted his first top-10 finish after a pair of poor showings in Iowa. "I just didn't quite have it in me."
Brandt Jobe earns first PGA TOUR Champions title at Principal Charity
Brandt Jobe, 67-66-69 – 202 (-14)
• This is Jobe's first victory in his 32nd start on PGA TOUR Champions, and first professional victory since he won the 1998 Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tour (a span of 18 years, 11 months, 14 days). He was winless in 34 starts on the Web.com Tour and 337 starts on the PGA TOUR.
• Jobe never trailed Sunday. He began the day tied with Glen Day and was tied with Scott McCarron on two occasions on the back nine. A birdie on No. 15 gave him a one-shot lead and it proved the be the difference.
• He birdied all four par 5s both Saturday and Sunday, and overall he was 9-under on the par 5s, tied for best in the field. He played the final 27 holes in 9-under, as he closed with a back-nine 30 Saturday and shot 69 Sunday.
• The final-round 69 was his 19th consecutive round of par or better, which is tied with Jerry Kelly for the longest active streak on Tour.
• Jobe was medalist at PGA TOUR Champions Q-School in 2015, and he finished 20th in last year's Schwab Cup standings in his first full season on Tour. This year, he has three top-10s and is No. 6 in the standings.
• The $262,500 payday is his largest since he won $545,600 as the runner-up of the Memorial Tournament in 2011.
• He is the fifth player this season to win after being a leader/co-leader at the start of the final round. He is the ninth player in tournament history to win as a second-round leader/co-leader.
• He is the fourth first-time winner on Tour this season (Stephen Ames, John Daly and Vijay Singh).
• He was college roommates with Scott McCarron, the winner of last year’s Principal Charity Classic. They both graduated from UCLA in 1988.
Scott McCarron, 67-70-66 – 203 (-13)
• McCarron's birdie on No. 13 was his sixth in a row and it tied him for the lead with Brandt Jobe at 13-under. The streak of six straight birdies was the sixth such streak this season, and it matched Jobe's streak of six in the second round (Nos. 10-15).
• He leads the Tour in Par 5 Scoring (4.36) and he was 6-under on par 5s this week, but his comeback bid stalled when he parred the par-5 15th. He also had a chance to get to 14-under on No. 18, but his five-foot birdie putt missed low.
• On the week, he was 1-under on the front nine and 12-under on the back nine. His final-round 66 was the day’s best score.
• Since winning last year’s Principal Charity Classic, he has 11 top-10s and $2,172,280 in winnings. This season, he has one win, two runner-ups and six top-10s, and he is No. 2 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
Kevin Sutherland, 66-69-68 – 203 (-13)
• Trailing Jobe by one through eight holes, Sutherland fell off the pace with a double bogey on No. 9 and a bogey on No. 10. He rallied on the back nine with two eagles, making a 16-foot putt on the par-5 13th and holing his 46-yard approach shot on the 18th hole.
• He now has 31 top-10s in 65 starts on PGA TOUR Champions, but he has yet to win.The T2 finish was his second runner-up and eighth top-10 of the season, and he is currently No. 4 in the Schwab Cup standings.
• A day after tallying five bogeys, Bernhard Langer carded a bogey-free 67 and finished fourth at 12-under. It is his best finish in five starts in Des Moines. In his two previous starts at Wakonda Club, he finished T31 (2013) and T48 (2015).
• Making his second start on PGA TOUR Champions, Steve Flesch finished T5 at 11-under. He won $72,333 and enters the Charles Schwab Cup standings at No. 68.
• Tom Lehman finished tied for fifth, his sixth top-10 in six starts at the Principal Charity Classic. All 18 of his rounds in Des Moines have been under-par, and his scoring average in 12 rounds at Wakonda Club is 68.92.
• Iowa native Jerry Smith finished T21 at 5-under. On Tuesday, he will be inducted into the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame.
• Paul Goydos (foot) withdrew on his eighth hole Sunday.