Points holes out for eagle, wins in a playoff

Points holes out for eagle, wins in a playoff

MIAMI (AP) D.A. Points holed out a full wedge for eagle on the 18th hole Sunday, then beat Matt Bettencourt with a 4-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole in the Miccosukee Championship.

Points was one shot behind when he holed out the wedge from 125 yards, giving him a 4-under 67. Bettencourt forced the playoff by making a 15-foot birdie putt for a 67. They finished at 12-under 272.

“It was the perfect number for me, but when it was in the air, you never really knew if it was going to be good or not,” Points said of his eagle. “When the cheering got louder I didn’t know whether to cry or jump up and down. I was excited, but Matt still had an opportunity to tie me. He made a great putt.”

On the 18th hole in the playoff, Points hit wedge into 4 feet and made the birdie after Bettencourt missed his birdie try from 12 feet.

The runner-up finish allowed Bettencourt to move up to No. 12 on the money list, securing his PGA Tour card for next year.

“Nobody has ever been happier to finish second,” Bettencourt said. “I reached my lifelong goal of making the PGA Tour. The guy played great. When you hole out from the fairway … that’s just fantastic.”

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