Champions Tour

Ian Woosnam wins Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational

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Matt Kuchar (Golf Canada/ Minas Panagiotakis)

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Ian Woosnam made a 30-foot birdie putt in a playoff Sunday to win the Insperity Invitational for his first Champions Tour title.

Woosnam, the 57-year-old Welshman playing on a sponsor exemption, beat Kenny Perry and Tom Lehman on the first extra hole at The Woodlands Country Club. The 1991 Masters champion was making his 36th start on the 50-and-over tour.

Woosnam closed with a 4-under 68 to match Perry and Lehman at 11-under 205. Perry finished with a 66, and Lehman shot 69.

In the playoff, Lehman sliced his approach on the par-4 18th into the water, and Perry left a long birdie try 8 feet short before Woosnam rolled in the winner.

Woosnam earned $307,500. Last week in Missouri, he teamed with Sandy Lyle to tie for second in the Legends of Golf. Woosnam won 29 times on the European Tour, captained Europe’s winning 2006 Ryder Cup team and has five victories on the European Senior Tour.

Second-round leader Michael Allen shot a 72 to finish a stroke back along with Joe Durant (71).

Canadian Stephen Ames finished 7-under 209 for a share of 9th place.