Fleisher Makes History at the Home Depot


Bruce Fleisher became the first-ever three time champion of The Home Depot Invitational, when he stormed home Sunday with a final round 68 to win by three strokes.
He finished at 15-under-par 201, three better than John Bland (66), and four better than Larry Nelson (66), Jim Thorpe (66) and third-round leader Jim Colbert (73).
Not only does Fleisher become the first player in Senior Tour history to win three championships at this event at the TPC at Piper Glen, but he has accomplished the feat in successive years.
He won last year with a total score of 203 and he also took the title in 1999 (his rookie season), when he posted a score of 205.
This time around, his score of 15-under 201 serves as a new tournament record.
It also serves as his second win in three weeks. Fleisher won the Las Vegas Senior Classic at the TPC at Summerlin two weeks ago, his first victory on the 50-and-over tour in nearly nine months. His last win prior to this was at the 2000 Lightpath Long Island Classic.
Had it not been for a bogey at his first hole of the day and then another at the 17th, Inman might have made it a bit of a closer game. Nevertheless, his 66 is his best round of the year, and his finish of second is by far his finest of the season.
Like Fleisher, Colbert is also experiencing a bit of a renewal on the tour. The 60-year-old took the SBC Senior Classic in March of this season, his first win since 1998.
Had it not been for untimely bogies at the 9th, 11th and 13th holes on Sunday, he may have been a two-time winner in 2001.
Full-field scores from the Home Depot Invitational