Power Rankings: Mitsubishi Electric Classic
April 15, 2019
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- April 15, 2019
- Bernhard Langer made the cut at the 2019 Masters and finished T61. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Vartan Kupelian is a PGATOUR.COM contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 10 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
Steve Flesch made a birdie on the second playoff hole last year to win the Mitsubishi Electric Classic at TPC Sugarloaf.
Due to the expectations of inclement weather, the tournament concluded with two rounds Saturday. Flesch shot 66-71-68—205 for an 11-under total. It was matched by Bernhard Langer and Scott Parel before Flesch claimed his first PGA TOUR Champions victory in extra holes.
Flesch birdied the final hole in regulation to get into a playoff and made two more birdies on the playoff holes.
It was Flesch’s first victory since the PGA TOUR’s Turning Stone Resort Invitational in 2007.
“It feels fantastic but it's just one of those things you never know if you're ever going to win again,” Flesch said after the playoff in Duluth, Ga. “Honestly, it's been harder than I anticipated winning on this tour. The guys are so good. That Langer guy is hard to beat. Once again today he was right there.
“It's fun, it really was fun to come down the stretch with him … and played the entire day, 36 holes with him and you learn a lot playing with those guys. You learn why they've been so successful, especially Bernhard. Just thrilled to death.”
Flesch acknowledged the grueling nature of a 36-hole day, plus the playoff.
“It's more mentally taxing to me than physically taxing, especially if you're in the mix kind of like that all day,” he said. “Mentally I'm more exhausted than physically.”