Bo Van Pelt wins US Bank in playoff; Jerry Kelly finishes in third
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Bo Van Pelt won for the first time on the PGA Tour with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden death playoff over John Mallinger on Sunday at the U.S. Bank Championship.
Van Pelt had two putts to win, leaving a 26-footer a little short before sinking a 2-foot birdie for his first victory in his 229th tour event.
On the second playoff hole, the 29-year-old Mallinger rolled his second shot in a greenside bunker. Mallinger got out, but left himself a 28-footer for birdie that he pushed right of the hole and settled for par.
That would be plenty for Van Pelt, who had a chance on the first hole to end it, but looked nervous and missed a 13-foot eagle putt. He settled for a tap-in birdie to put the pressure on Mallinger, who made a 5-footer setting up the final scramble.
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