|By Craig Dolch
Special to PGA of America
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PORT ST. LUCIE (Dec. 11, 2020) - Zack Shriver of Jupiter birdied the second playoff hole Friday to beat Dylan Newman and win Event No. 4 of the PGA Tournament Series at PGA Golf Club.
Shriver, who played on PGA Tour Canada, said the victory reminded him of younger days.
“I told my dad, it’s nice to get a trophy for winning a tournament. I don’t get many of those anymore,” said Shriver, a PGA Professional at North Palm Beach Country Club. “Most of the times when I win, I just get a check (he earned $5,000). It’s probably my biggest win.”
Newman forced the playoff with a birdie on the final hole of regulation. Newman (68) was trying to win consecutive PGA Tournament Series events for the second time in the last 13 months.
Shriver and Newman parred the first playoff hole, the 18th, before Shriver won with a birdie on the par-4 first hole. Shriver shot 5-under-66 for a 9-under 133 on the Ryder Course.
Zac Oakley of Lewes, Del., birdied the last two holes to shoot 69 and tie for third place with Tim Puetz (67) of Stamford, Ct., and Jake Scott (68) of Strongsville, Ohio.
Newman, who won Event No. 3 and had three victories in his last nine starts, fired a 6-under 65 Thursday to share the lead with Oakley. Newman remained hot with two early birdies Friday, but a double-bogey on the par-3 seventh hole cost him the lead.
Shriver started Tuesday with a bogey, then made seven birdies on his next 13 holes to move into the lead at 10-under. He was caught by Puetz, who played his first 13 holes in six-under.
Shriver took the lead when Puetz bogeyed the 14th and 15th and Shriver won despite a bogey on the par-5 17th.
“I probably pushed it too hard at the end because I thought I needed to make more birdies,” Shriver said. “It always feels great to win.”
Joe Summerhays (67) of Syracuse, Utah was sixth and four players tied for seventh place at 6-under 136: Joe Lussier (65) of Reston, Va., Kyle Ramey (67) of Hattiesburg, Miss., Casey Pyne (68) of Bloomington, Ill., and Rob Labritz (69) of Pound Ridge, N.Y.