Tim Jackson wins playoff at Birmingham National Invitational
Birmingham National Invitational champ Tim Jackson
is flanked by Runner-up Patrick Christovich (left)
and Joseph Deraney
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (May 31, 2015) —
weeks ago, Tim Jackson nearly beat the best
and amateurs in his home state of
Although he had to settle for a runner-up
finish in the
was clear to even that casual observer that
56, is playing some of his best golf.
Today at a challenging Country Club of
West Course — that hosted the 2013 U.S.
Jackson posted a tournament-low score of
That number got the Germantown, Tenn.
two-under for the tournament, and was good
make up four strokes on 36-hole leader
Christovich of New Orleans. Christovich, the
ranked Mid-Amateur in the AmateurGolf.com Mid-
, had missed a lightning fast
putt on the 18th hole in regulation, which
given him the win outright.
"I had that same putt last year to
win," said Christovich in a phone interview.
"It's one of those putts that's so fast you just
breathe on it to get it started. Last year I
15 feet by and made the comebacker. This
barely missed and still had five feet left."
The two players headed out to the 18th
relatively short par-four where Jackson made
unlikely birdie from the trees to win it. Forced
a low punch shot after missing the fairway
Jackson was able to not only hit a deft
to the green, but sink a 15-foot putt for his
(from the low side of the hole). Christovich
chance to extend the playoff, but again had a
downhill six-footer that he slid by the edge.
Joseph Deraney of Lexington, Ky.
third place at one-under, while Craig Smith of
was alone in fourth at even-par 213.
ABOUT THE BIRMINGHAM NATIONAL
The Birmingham National Invitational, called
the "National Invitational" by the club,
continues to attract a solid field of mid-am
and should see its status elevated in the AmateurGolf.com Mid-
Rankings, the only rankings dedicated to
aged 25 and over.