Indianapolis’ Mike O’Toole began the final round of the Indiana PGA Senior Open at 1-over-par and four shots out of the lead before slowly making his way to the top of the leaderboard at Purgatory Golf Club.
Carding four birdies and an eagle on 18, O’Toole’s 66 was comprised of back-to-back 33s, which led to a three-shot victory over Indianapolis’ Michael Williams.
“I started off pretty slow, but finally made birdie on hole 4 and my round built from there,” O’Toole said. “I drove the ball really well today and hit the right spots of the fairway which set me up well for my approach shots.”
The leaderboard was crowded and inconsistent today at the Senior Open, with several players finding their way to the top at one point, including Steve Sterrett, Indianapolis, Terry Werner, Dyer, Williams and eventually O'Toole.
Williams gained strong momentum mid-round, with back-to-back birdies on holes nine and 10, giving him a solid three-shot lead. He maintained this lead over O’Toole until an errant tee shot on the par-4, 14th
cost him two shots, and O’Toole grabbed the lead on his own for the first time today.
With a birdie, eagle finish, O’Toole headed to the clubhouse with a tournament total of 7-under-par, 137 and his first Senior Open victory.
“I’ve never won a State Open before, but now to have a Senior Open win is really an honor,” said O’Toole. “There were a lot of great players out here today, so I’m really excited.”
Tournament golf has gotten off to a slower start than expected, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but like many golfers, O’Toole appreciates being back on the course.
“I’m really excited to be out playing tournament golf,” said O’Toole. “I really struggled to get up and go practice when we didn’t have any tournaments, so I’m really happy to be back out here.”
Williams finished runner-up this afternoon with a 4-under-par, 140 tournament total. Craig Bowden, KBS Shafts, finished third at 2-under-par, 142.
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