PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Paul Broadhurst birdied the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach on Sunday to win the PGA Tour Champions’ Nature Valley First Tee Open.
The Senior British Open winner at Carnoustie in July for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour, Broadhurst made a 6-foot birdie putt on 18 after running his first attempt past the hole.
The 51-year-old Englishman finished with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer and playing partner Kevin Sutherland. Broadhurst joined Ben Hogan and Tom Watson as the only players to win at both Pebble Beach and Carnoustie.
“Obviously, the scoreboards are all around the last four holes so I was well aware of what was going on and knew I needed to birdie the last to avoid a playoff,” Broadhurst said. “Probably hit two of the best shots I’ve ever hit up 18. Perfect tee shot and a really good utility into the green just on the front edge. I managed to two-putt from 30 feet, so yeah, absolutely delighted.”
Langer birdied the last for a 66, and Sutherland birdied the final two holes for a 70. Sutherland, from Sacramento, missed a chance to win the home event for this first senior title.
“I waited to the end to make some birdies but better late than never, I guess,” said Sutherland, a stroke ahead of Broadhurst entering the round. “One thing about Pebble, I didn’t get the first seven holes. I didn’t make any birdies on those holes, so it kind of gets you behind a little bit. But I played the back side solid, so it’s a little disappointing coming up one short.”Joe Durant bogeyed the 18th — lipping out a 3-footer — for a 67 to finish fourth at 9 under.
Broadhurst finished at 11-under 204 for two rounds at Pebble Beach and one at Poppy Hills. He won six times on the European Tour and played in the 1991 Ryder Cup.
“It certainly felt more relaxed today, definitely,” Broadhurst said. “I don’t know if it’s because you’re older or whether it’s experience or just getting in the frame at the British recently helped an awful lot, but I felt fairly comfortable. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous, but I felt fairly comfortable out there apart from 14, which I made a bit of a mess of.”
The seniors played alongside boys and girls from The First Tee programs throughout the country, with Michael Allen and 16-year-old Patrick Fernandez of Phoenix winning the team title.
“I’m really grateful to be out here,” Fernandez said. “I’m thankful to all the sponsors, Nature Valley, The First Tee, and just thankful to everyone that helped me get here. … The Nine Core Values is a key thing with The First Tee. They teach you honesty, integrity, perseverance. Really, the key things that you need in life.”
Allen and Fernandez tied with Sutherland and Jonathan Tanihana, and Billy Andrade and Ross Funderburke at 18 under, and won in scorecard playoff, with the team’s birdie on the par-3 12th the deciding factor.
John Daly withdrew because of a shoulder injury.