Redemption: Former runner-up wins Match Play Championship

By DaShawn Brown - email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - This time last year, Miami's Andres Pumariega walked away with a runner-up finish at the Savannah Match Play championship.

It almost happened again.


Pumariega led the 2009 tournament by one shot most of the way, but "I missed like a two-footer and then lost it," he said.

The former Mercer golfer nearly witnessed the same fate Sunday.  Holding on to a one-shot lead on the back nine, former champ Drew Aimone evened the score with a birdie on the 16th hole.   Both would par the 17th and 18th, resulting in sudden death.

"I learned from [last time] and stayed a little more patient this time around," said Pumariega.

On the first playoff hole, Savannah's Aimone found himself working out of the sand trap on his second shot on the par-4 hole.  Pumariega set up an easy birdie putt, with his approach landing on the green.

That would prove to be the difference as Pumariega tapped in the birdie putt to win the championship.


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