Champions Tour

Jeff Maggert wins at Fallen Oak

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Jeff Maggert (Darren Carroll/ Getty Images)

SAUCIER, Miss. – Jeff Maggert became the 17th player in Champions Tour history to win in his debut, shooting a 4-under 68 on Sunday at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak.

Maggert fell into a tie for the lead with Billy Andrade after making bogey on No. 16, but responded with an astonishing, 50-foot putt for birdie on No. 17 that pushed him back ahead.

Maggert’s decisive putt had a large break from left to right and was over a ridge, and the 50-year-old struck it perfectly, shaking his head in disbelief after it fell in the hole.

Andrade, who started the day tied with Fred Funk for the lead, shot a 71 to finish in second two strokes back.

Maggert finished the tournament with an 11-under 205.

Both Canadians broke par and cracked the top-30.

Victoria, B.C. native, Jim Rutledge, tied for 26th at 2-under 214 (74-69-71).

Rod Spittle of St. Catharines, Ont. finished a stoke back at 1-under 215 (72-71-72). He tied for 29th.