Loren Roberts made a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole
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Monday, March 19, 2012

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Loren Roberts shot a 69 on Sunday to win the Toshiba Classic by two strokes over Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Kite and Bernhard Langer.

Roberts made a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole to ensure the victory after bogeys on three of the previous four holes.

``We did make it interesting,'' he said. ``We got off to the start you dream of doing, but hit a snag on the back.''

Roberts began the day two strokes behind Calcavecchia, but made birdies on three of his first four holes. Even with a bogey on the seventh hole, Roberts was able to maintain a two-stroke lead, until the 16th hole. He missed a 3-foot par putt on 16 after his second shot hit a spectator box.

On the 17th hole, Roberts bogeyed again, unable to get up and down after his tee shot came to rest in the right greenside rough. He missed a 6-foot par saving putt.

``I kind of let everybody in the game,'' Roberts said. ``I got out of rhythm. I didn't hit bad putts. The only bad putt I hit was on 12.''

Langer, who was in the group in front of Roberts, was two strokes behind but made a double-bogey on the 17th hole when his putt from the fringe on the par 3, rolled into the right greenside bunker.

``I didn't think I hit that bad a putt,'' Langer said. ``Actually when I hit the putt I thought it was pretty good. It was accelerating instead of slowing down. Once it got 3 yards past the hole there was no stopping it. The pin is pretty brutal.''

The Champions Tour victory was Roberts' 13th and he earned $262,500. His last victory was in 2010, a 34-tournament span.

``I was getting a little worried about it,'' Roberts said of not winning. ``This was huge for me.''

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