Bowden bests Daley in playoff to win Penn Classic

Updated: August 20, 2006, 10:08 PM ET
Associated Press

MOOSIC, Pa. -- Craig Bowden made par on the first playoff hole to beat Jess Daley and win the Nationwide Tour's Northeast Pennsylvania Classic on Sunday.

Leaderboard
1. Bowden (-16)*
2. Daley (-16)
T-3. Molder (-15)
T-3. Adamonis (-15)
T-5. Three players (-13)
* -- won on first playoff hole

• Complete scores

Bowden, seven shots back at the start of the final round, shot an 8-under-par 63 -- finishing with an eagle and birdie -- for 16-under 268 total. After Bryce Molder and Brad Adamonis missed tying shots from about 20 feet out, third-round leader Daley birdied the final hole to force the playoff.

Daley (70) then missed a 4-foot par putt on the first extra hole, setting up Bowden's winning 2-foot putt.

"This is what we play for," said Bowden, who began the round tied for 15th. "We play for a chance to give yourself an opportunity to win a tournament by making a putt on the last hole. It's storybook stuff."

Bowden earned $85,500 with his third career victory and first this year. He also moved up to No. 2 on the season earnings list with $277,621, and guaranteed a return to the PGA Tour.

Molder (67) and Adamonis (69) shared third place at 269, while Franklin Langham (65), Jay Williamson (68) and Brendon De Jonge (69) were another two shots back.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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