Greg Chalmers won the Barracuda Championship on Sunday at Montreux for his first PGA Tour title by eagling the final hole for a six-point victory in the modified Stableford scoring event.
The 42-year-old Australian won in his 386th start after entering the week as the active player with the most events without a victory.
Now get this:
A point ahead of Gary Woodland and needing at least a par on the par-5 18th to wrap up the victory, Chalmers made an 8-foot eagle putt after hitting a 320-yard drive and 230-yard, 7-iron approach. A few minutes earlier, Woodland hit an 8-iron into the right bunker and three-putted for bogey.
The left-hander earned a two-year tour exemption, a spot in the British Open at Royal Troon and other perks. With only conditional status, he had split time between the PGA tour and the Web.com Tour this year. The two-time Australian Open champion missed the cuts in his previous five starts on the big tour.
Really? a 230 yard 7I? So I looked up the details on the hole:
"The downhill dogleg left Par 5, finishing hole forces a decision on your second shot. Your tee shot must be played with a slight hook to run the ball as far down the fairway as possible. Once you reach your tee shot, you can take the gamble and go at the green in two. If you, you'll lay up with a middle iron that will leave you a short shot to a large, undulating green that features many difficult hole locations. The green is protected by bunkers and water to the right, so left and long is a good place to miss."
So it's a downhill finishing hole, and maybe he cut off the corner or something but a 230 7I is till crazy. This weekend I saw guys hitting 217 6I's at the BMW...That's mostly carry to a Par 3...