Scott Parel captured his second PGA Tour Champions title with a par on the first playoff hole at the inaugural ClubCorp Classic at Las Colinas Country Club. The event also included a celebrity division that also went into a playoff and was won by former ATP tennis player Mardy Fish.
“It was a dream week for me,” Parel said. “I got to play with three Braves, three of my heroes when I was watching the Braves play. Fantastic event, it was first class.”
Parel topped Steven Alker and Gene Sauers in the three-man playoff after both of his competitors went into the water hazard to the front right of the 18th green.
Parel got into the playoff with a five-under 65.
“I played really, really well,” Parel said. “I had one bad hole where I made kind of a bad decision, but then came back pretty well, made three birdies at the end. And then the playoff, I was very fortunate. I certainly didn’t think par would win, especially after where we all were with our tee shots. The wind got a little difficult.”
Fish won on the first playoff hole after former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hit in the hazard on No. 18 for the third consecutive time. Romo’s bogey in regulation on No. 18 allowed Fish to sneak into the playoff as they both finished with 106 points in the modified Stableford scoring system.
“It was awesome, first class event all the way around,” Fish said. “Well run by the PGA, by Mike Millthorpe, Mike Flaskey and his team and all the sponsors, volunteers, everything. Tony’s an awesome player, so it feels obviously great to win and get to beat him, especially here.”