Flesch wins HP Classic in playoff

Posted: Monday, May 05, 2003

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Steve Flesch made a 35-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to win the HP Classic of New Orleans for his first career victory.

Flesch, who began the day seven shots behind leader Scott Verplank, shot a final-round 65 to finish tied with Bob Estes at 21-under 267.

Verplank held a two-stroke lead with four holes to play, but bogeyed 16 and double-bogeyed 18 in a 2-over 74 and finished third at 19-under.

Flesch joined Mike Weir as the only left-handers to win on tour this year. Weir has won three times, including the Masters last month. Flesch is a six-year veteran who has three second-place finishes, including here in 1999.

Estes' chance to extend the playoff never threatened the cup and was wide left.

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