Esteban Toledo is your new Allianz Champion
Billy Andrade had Esteban Toledo on the ropes Sunday, needing just to make a 5-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole to win the Allianz Championship.
But when Andrade missed the putt, Toledo knew what to do from there.
Toledo, a former professional boxer, won the Allianz Championship with a par on the third playoff hole. Three of Toledo’s four wins on the Champions Tour have come in playoffs and, oddly, each has come on the third playoff hole.
“I don’t know what the key is. I don’t have it,” Toledo said. “Being in a playoff isn’t easy. There’s a lot of stress and a lot of nerves. Sometimes I surprise myself how well I play in tough conditions.”
Andrade would have earned his fourth Champions Tour title in the last 10 months, but his downfall came when he missed the green with a pitching wedge from the 17th fairway. He almost holed his birdie chip, but lipped out the 6-foot par putt.
Andrade knew it never should have gone to a playoff had he made the putt on the final hole of regulation.
“I just hit a very poor putt,” Andrade said. “I probably hit the worst putt I’ve hit in quite a while. I got a little quick. I was thinking about winning instead of thinking about making the putt.”