Purtzer's birdie wins AT&T on fourth playoff hole

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Tom Purtzer won the Champions
Tour's AT&T Champions Classic for the second time in five seasons,
beating Loren Roberts with a 17-foot birdie on the fourth hole of a
playoff Sunday.

Purtzer closed with a 4-under 68 to match Roberts (69) at
10-under 206 on the Valencia Country Club course. The 55-year-old
Purtzer earned $240,000 for his fourth career victory on the
50-and-over tour.

"I feel really fortunate, and lucky," said Purtzer, in tears
after the victory.

After the two players matched pars on their first three trips
down the par-5 18th in the playoff, Purtzer finally broke through
with his 17-foot birdie putt. Roberts had a chance to match, but
his 12-foot birdie try just missed on the right side.

Purtzer credited fellow tour player Dave Stockton for some
recent putting help.

"I have to thank Dave. He gave me a lesson and I putted
better," said Purtzer, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour. "I
hung in there and played really well."

Purtzer, playing in the group in front of Roberts, made a
10-foot birdie putt on No. 18 in regulation to reach 10 under.
Roberts, hampered by back problems, had a chance to win in
regulation, but missed a 19-foot birdie try.

"It was a long day," Roberts said. "We took it as far as we
could go. I was just happy to get in a playoff. My back has been
really bothering me."

David Eger (69) finished a stroke back at 9 under.

Hale Irwin, the leader the first two days, closed with a 73 to
drop into a fourth-place tie with Tom Jenkins (68), Joe Ozaki (67),
Des Smyth (68), Jim Thorpe (71) and Andy Bean (72) at 8 under.

"I played 27 good holes and 27 not so good," the 61-year-old
Irwin said. "I just didn't do what I needed to do. I played very poorly."