Pate registers first pro victory

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Jerry Pate sunk a birdie putt on the final hole to earn a one-shot win in the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am on Sunday, his first pro victory in 24 years.

Pate registers first pro victory

Lutz: Jerry Pate sunk a birdie putt on the final hole to earn a one-shot win in the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am on Sunday, his first pro victory in 24 years.He shot a 5-under 66 for the day to finish at 11-under 202 for the tournament, and celebrated by jumping in a lake just off the 18th green.This was also how he celebrated after he won his last event, playing with an orange ball at the Tournament Players Championship in 1982.In between victories, Pate has had five operations on his left shoulder and a stint as a broadcaster before qualifying for the Champions Tour.Breaking the tiePate broke a four-way tie with his 10-foot putt on the final hole on Sunday, leaving Hale Irwin (68), Mark James (68) and Morris Hatalsky (64) a shot back.Loren Roberts came within three shots of winning his fourth straight Champions Tour event, taking himself out of contention with a bogey on the 16th hole. Roberts shot a 69 and finished in a five-way tie for fifth place.Low roundPate, who in 1982 pushed then US PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman and course architect Pete Dye into the water before joining them, was on his own this time.Hatalsky had the day's low round with a 64, and had a chance to tie Irwin and James for the lead until he missed a 6-foot putt on No. 18.Irwin and James both bogeyed No. 16 to make it a three-way tie before Pate went on a roll with two birdies in the last five holes.After Pate took the lead, Irwin had a chance to force sudden death, but he drove the ball into the rough on the 18th. He hit his approach shot within 50 feet, but missed his putt by 6 inches to give Pate the win.Irwin struggled with his driver all week, but was able to stay close until the putts stopped falling down the stretch. (AP)

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