Tom Pernice Jr. and Scott Hoch rode an ace on the very first hole to a final-round 8-under, and a tournament record 23-under par, to claim victory at the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.
The duo became just the seventh in tournament history to win wire-to-wire. The last team to do so was Andy North and Tom Watson in 2008.
“You know, it’s great to have a good partner. I was hitting first and it just freed me up. It just freed me up to hit my shot, try to get it up there in pretty good shape so he could go for it and the plan worked pretty well,” said the 63-year old Hoch, who becomes the oldest winner in Champions Tour history.
Last year’s winners, Paul Broadhurst and Kirk Triplett, teamed up for a 10-under 44 to finish 18-under par, good for T2 alongside Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco, who carded a final-day 46.
Jesper Parnevik and Jeff Maggert finished solo fourth on 17-under, following a Sunday round of 49. Two further back at 15-under par was the team of Brandt Jobe and Scott McCarron, who carded a 5-under 49. They finished tied for fifth alongside the duo of Paul Goydos and Kevin Sutherland (51).
Final Leaderboard: Top 5
Pos-Team-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Pernice / Hoch -23 (-8)
2. Broadhurst / Triplett -18 (-10)
2. Franco / Singh -18 (-8)
4. Parnevik / Maggert -17 (-5)
5. Jobe / McCarron -15 (-5)
5. Goydos / Sutherland -15 (-3)
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“We started off a little shaky. Not started off. He started off great, and after that we kind of — we were a little complacent. Then we started hitting good shots and making some putts and we just kept ourselves in there. It started to close up, I noticed it was closing up. I heard a lot of cheers. I finally looked and said, oh, getting a little close. Luckily, made a birdie, he made a birdie, and then we just started separation and it was just fun.”
– Scott Hoch, Bass Pro Shops Legends Co-Champion
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