Kirk Triplett eagles second hole of sudden-death playoff against Woody Austin to win the Hoag Classic 

Kirk Triplett took home the crystal trophy on Sunday, March 10 by winning the Hoag Classic at Newport Beach Country Club, a premier stop on the PGA Tour Champions circuit.

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Photos by Lana Johnson

Kirk Triplett raises his putter to the crowd on the 18th green after sinking the eagle putt to win the sudden-death playoff

Triplett had previously birdied the 18th hole to tie Woody Austin at -10 at the end of regulation play to force extra holes. Both players then parred the first sudden-death hole, the par five 18th. Then playing it a second time, Austin hit his drive right to find the rough, while Triplett striped his down the middle of the fairway. Faced with a difficult lie, Austin hit his second shot short and right of the green.

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(L-R) Robert Braithwaite, president & CEO, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian; Jeff Purser, executive director, Hoag Charity Sports; Rick Taylor, president & CEO, Konica Minolta; Kirk Triplett, 2019 Hoag Classic champion; and Paul Folino, Hoag Classic tournament chairman

Triplett then, standing some 250 yards out, hit his second shot to 12 feet from the hole. Austin then pitched to within eight feet, but could only watch as Triplett rolled in his eagle putt for the win. The victory was Triplett’s seventh on the Champions Tour and was worth $270,000.

Kirk Triplett Martin, Triplett, Pickup 3.12

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(L-R) Kevin Martin, CEO of Newport Beach Country Club; Kirk Triplett, 2019 Hoag Classic champion; and Todd Pickup, CEO of the Balboa Bay Club and Bay Club International

Austin for his efforts won $158,400. Second round leader Fran Quinn struggled on Sunday, shooting a final round 74 to finish fifth.

Kirk Triplett Austin

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Woody Austin, who finished runner up, blasts out of the sand trap near the 18th green

Scott McCarron and Jeff Maggert finished tied for third. Maggert, after opening up the tournament with a 76, shot 63-65 over the weekend.

Local favorite Fred Couples finished tied for 10th after carding a final round 69.

Kirk Triplett Toledo

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Esteban Toledo, a local favorite, putting on the 18th green

Other notables included Tom Kite T72 (+17), Sandy Lyle T64 (+5), Jose Maria Olazabal T32 (-2), Mark O’Meara T15 (-4) and Colin Montgomerie W/D.

The Triplett-Austin playoff was the sixth extra-hole affair in the tournament’s history.

Kirk Triplett Military Day

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Service men and women were honored on Military Appreciation Day

Rounding out the weekend’s festivities were Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, presented by CoreLogic, honoring all active duty, military reserve, national guard, military retirees and veterans; and Student Day (ages 18 and under) on Sunday, presented by Kingston Technology, whereby youth enjoyed the Kids Fun Zone and competed in a putting contest for a chance to win tournament merchandise.

This year’s tournament marked a new era, as Hoag took on the title sponsorship.

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