Gary Christian wins epic nine-hole Nationwide Tour playoff


Nationwide TourMOSCOW, Pa. ' Gary Christian won the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic on Sunday on the ninth playoff hole, which tied a Nationwide Tour record.
The Englishman made a short birdie putt to beat Mathias Gronberg and earn his first Nationwide title.
Everything has to end eventually, Christian joked. I needed to get into the record book somehow. To be honest, I lost count.
Christian needed only to two-putt for par from 5 feet after Gronberg made bogey.
Christian and Gronberg each started the final round at 9 under and two shots behind 54-hole leader Guy Boros. Both players shot a 64.
The playoff began and ended on the 435-yard, uphill 18th hole. The two went to the tee at 4:52 p.m. and kept going back for more than two hours.
In the 1998 Lehigh Valley Open about 75 miles away, Eric Booker finally beat Notah Begay III in nine playoff holes.