Woody Austin carded a final-round 69 to claim a one-shot victory at the 2018 Dominion Energy Charity Classic with a three-day score of 11-under par 205.
Austin finished his third day at the Country Club of Virginia with three bogeys against six birdies, highlighted by two late gains on Nos. 16 and 18 to finish one clear of defending champion Bernhard Langer, who posted a final-day 70.
The win was Austin’s fourth on the Champions Tour, but first since 2016 when he won three times. With 610,000 points earned, the 54-year old Tampa native moved to 8th in the playoff points race.
“Well, the big thing is being back in the winner’s circle because that, you know, gets you the caveat of the Tour of starting in Hualalai the next couple years. Really good to get out of the Wichita cold in January for that, so really happy with that,” joked Austin.
Overnight leader Jay Haas opened with a birdie to move to 12 under, but struggled the rest of the way en route to a 2-over 74, tumbling to T3 on 9 under, alongside Fran Quinn (69) and Kent Jones (70).
2018 Dominion Energy Charity Classic
Final Round: The Top 5
Pos-Player-To Par (Today)
1. Woody Austin -11 (-3)
2. Bernhard Langer -10 (-2)
3. Jay Haas -9 (+2)
3. Fran Quinn -9 (-3)
3. Kent Jones -9 (-2)
Q: “If you watch the scoreboard, as dominant as he’s been on the tour, did it seem like Bernhard was just at 9 under for the whole day?”
WOODY AUSTIN: “Yeah, it seemed like he couldn’t quite get it over the hump, you know.
“I’m not going to feel bad for the guy, the guy’s kind of had things go his way for the last 12 years. You know, now he sees what it’s like to have it happen. (Laughs.)”