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Scranton, Johnson defend BJs Championship

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Nancy Scranton and Christa Johnson won the BJs Charity Championship on Sunday with a birdie on the third playoff hole, becoming the first pair to defend a title in the eight-year history of The Legends Tour

Johnson's 10-foot putt at the 534-yard, par-5 18th hole at Granite Links Golf Club was enough to hold off the teams of Allison Finney and Debbie Massey, and Barb Mucha and Colleen Walker. Johnson and Scranton earned $100,000 and their second career titles on the Legends Tour.

``It's just so exciting the way it all came together,'' said Johnson, a nine-time winner on the LPGA Tour. ``We were only 1-under par after the first nine on Saturday, but we really rallied after that.''

Johnson and Scranton entered the final round one shot behind Walker and Mucha, but took the lead with birdies on eight of nine holes beginning at No. 8.

They closed with an 11-under par 61, but were forced to play extra holes when Finney chipped in for eagle at the 18th and Walker followed with an 8-foot birdie putt.

``We had to work a little harder this year, but it was worth it,'' Scranton said. ``We may have played a little better last year, but we found a way to get it done.''

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