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Canadian Tour-LargeBRIMLEY, Mich. -- Michael Harris, a local favorite, chipped in three times on the back nine Sunday, then defeated Anders Hultman in a playoff to win the Bay Mills Open Players Championship.
 
'I pitched it well all day,' said Harris, who collected his first win on the Canadian Tour. 'Obviously with the game of golf, there's luck in winning. I had it on my side today.'
 
Harris' victory also propelled him to first on the Canadian Tour money list. He passed Peter Tomasulo and Jamie Gomez and picked up one of two spots in the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. Gomez has the other spot.
 
'It's going to give me the luxury of not going to the first stage,' said Harris. 'It's going to change a lot, but I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing.'
 
Harris fired a 6-under 66 and Hultman shot a 5-under 67 to finish regulation knotted at 13-under-par 275.
 
They returned to the 18th hole for the playoff, a hole each birdied in regulation. Hultman missed the fairway in the playoff in the left rough and Harris split the short grass. Harris knocked his second to 10 feet, while Hultman could only manage to get 25 feet right of the stick.
 
Hultman narrowly missed his putt on the left side, but Harris poured his in for the win.
 
Tomasulo shot a final-round, 5-under 67 and finished alone in third at 9-under-par 279.
 
Rob Oppenheim and Jon Turcott both posted matching rounds of 3-under 67 and tied for fourth place at 7-under-par 281.
 
Things got interesting on the back nine for Harris as he holed a chip from the left side of the green for a birdie at 11. At the par-3 13th, Harris chipped in again for birdie, then ran home a 20-foot birdie putt at 14.
 
He was tied for the lead, but three-putted the 16th green, including a lip-out from a foot. Harris trailed by one, but chipped in for the third time, this time for an eagle at 17. Hultman stepped up and sank a 10-foot birdie putt to knot the two at minus-12.
 
At the 18th hole at the Wild Bluff Course at Bay Mills Resort & Casinos, Hultman hit his second 10 feet short of the cup. Harris knocked his approach over the flag and nearly spun it in the hole, but settled for a tap-in birdie. Hultman rolled in his birdie try to force the playoff.
 
Stephen Woodard fired a 6-under 66 and finished alone in sixth place at minus-6. Ryan Ellis (70) and Mike Grob (72) tied for seventh at 5-under-par 283.
 
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