Long Beach Match Play: Edman takes it
LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 19, 2011) -- Stephen Edman's last shot of the day also happened to be his best.
Leading Tyler Paul by three holes with four holes to play in Sunday's Long Beach Match Play Championship final, Edman faced a 245-yard second shot on the par-5 15th hole at Skylinks Golf Course. After carefully surveying the shot and talking with his caddie, the 23-year-old pulled out his hybrid club, approached the ball and swung away.
The result was a stellar shot that just cleared a deep sand trap and rolled to within five feet of the pin, giving Edman an excellent opportunity for eagle.
With time running out, Paul needed to equal Edman's shot and at least halve the hole to extend the match. Instead, his second shot sailed well right of the green and his third shot left him with a 25-foot downhill putt for birdie. When it scooted past the cup, Paul conceded the hole, which gave Edman a 4 and 3 victory and the tournament title.
"I told my caddie, `Let's put it on the green ... and see if he'll concede," Edman said.
"Yeah," he added, "it was the best shot I hit all day."
Sunday's round capped a terrific tournament for Edman, who never had a match go past the 17th hole. He took his first lead of the 36-hole final with par on No. 2, was 2 up after nine holes and led by three after the first 18.