PGA veteran Kendall wins Nationwide event

PGA veteran Kendall wins Nationwide event

BROUSSARD, La. (AP) – Longtime PGA Tour player Skip Kendall won the Nationwide Tour’s Louisiana Open on Sunday, birdieing the third hole of a playoff with Paul Claxton.

The 42-year-old Kendall won with a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 first hole after the players matched pars on the par-4 18th on the first two extra holes. (Full leaderboard.)

“I hung in there,” Kendall said. “If you’re ever going to have a putt to win, that’s the kind you want. A right edge putt straight up the hill.”

After opening with three 5-under 66s, Kendall closed with a 70 in windy conditions to match Claxton (65) at 16-under 266 on the Le Triomphe Country Club course.

Kendall earned $90,000 for his third career Nationwide Tour title. He also won the tour’s 1994 Inland Empire Open and Carolina Classic.

Claxton made a 22-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation to cap a 5-under 31 on the back nine.

Australia’s Jarrod Lyle (68) finished a stroke back, and D.J. Brigman (66) and Tom Byrum (70) tied for fourth at 13 under. South Africa’s Brenden Pappas followed his opening 60 with rounds of 74, 71 and to tie for 12th at 10 under.

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