IRVING, Texas – Thanks to a clutch birdie on the 18th hole, Ryan Palmer has forced a playoff with PGA TOUR rookie Keegan Bradley for the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship.
The sudden-death playoff will start on the 18th hole, then, if necessary, go to the 17th hole, then back to the 18th hole.
Palmer, the 54-hole leader, struck a superb approach shot to six feet at the 18th, then rolled in the birdie putt. It’s just the second birdie recorded all day at TPC Four Seasons Resort’s finishing hole.
Palmer shot a 2-over 72 in Sunday’s final round, while Bradley shot a 2-under 68. That was one of just nine sub-par rounds recorded on Sunday.
Palmer will be seeking his fourth TOUR win. Bradley is a rookie this year; he has two top-10 finishes.
Neither player has been involved in a playoff at a TOUR event.
This is the 10th playoff on TOUR this year.
PGATOUR.COM’s TOUR Report will carry shot-by-shot coverage of the playoff.