Steve Flesch had to endure a long day at TPC Sugarloaf on Saturday, but he made the most of it by claiming the Mitsubishi Electric Classic for his first PGA Tour Champions title.
After playing 36 holes due to a bad weather forecast for Sunday, Flesch worked even more overtime, needing two extra holes to down Bernhard Langer and Scott Parel for the win. Flesch, of course, is used to working for a living, having done television as an analyst for Fox and Golf Channel.
All aspects of Flesch’s game were working as he ranked first for the week in driving distance at 307 yards with his Callaway Rogue driver; third in greens in regulation with a split set of irons and third in scrambling with some reliable Cleveland wedges. The last stat didn’t include the most meaningful up and down, however, as Flesch produced a nifty sand-save birdie opportunity on the final playoff hole from the back bunker—his third time birdieing the hole (once in regulation and twice in the playoff).
“I have such good memories of playing here on the regular tour,” said Flesch, who played the course when the BellSouth Classic was on the PGA Tour schedule. “I just am kind of comfortable here.”
That's hard to argue after Flesch's impressive performance last Sunday.
The clubs Steve Flesch used to win the Mitsubishi Electric Classic:
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV
Driver: Callaway Rogue, 10.5 degrees
3-wood: Callaway Great Big Bertha, 15 degrees
Hybrid: Ping i25, 18 degrees
Wedges: Cleveland 588 Forged (50, 54 degrees); Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 (60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey O-Works 3T Black