Jake Wins GHO Again - 19 Years Later

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CROMWELL, Conn. -- Peter Jacobsen returned to the winner's circle on the PGA Tour for the first time in eight years Sunday when he captured the Greater Hartford Open. He posted a 3-under 67 to finish at 14-under-par 266, which was good for a two-shot victory over Chris Riley.
 
This marks Jacobsen's first win on tour since the Buick Invitational in 1995, which was the second of his titles that year as he won at Pebble Beach as well. Jacobsen captured this championship in 1984 for his third title, and now 19 years later, it's victory No. 7.
 
'When I was 30 years old I thought I should have won every week,' said Jacobsen, whose $720,000 first-prize check is 10 times the size of his winnings in 1984. 'You think you're going to do it again and again. It doesn't happen that way. I think it makes this victory that much sweeter. I think I'll appreciate it a lot more.'
 
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Riley sent two balls out of bounds but still managed a 2-under 68 on Sunday. Todd Fischer fired a 5-under 65 to come in third place at 11-under-par 269, which was his highest finish on the PGA Tour.
 
Jacobsen was in charge from the beginning with a one-shot lead and he added another birdie at the third when he knocked a pitching wedge to 10 feet. At the par-4 fourth, Jacobsen missed the green but putted in from a collection area to the right of the putting surface.
 
He dropped a shot thanks to a missed three-footer at No. 5, but from there, Jacobsen holed clutch par saves until a turning point at No. 13. Kenny Perry, who was playing in front of Jacobsen, birdied the hole to reach 11-under par and get within one of the lead. Jacobsen then got aggressive with his approach at the par-5 hole. He laced a 3-iron to the right side of the green and lagged his eagle putt to six feet where he rolled home the birdie putt.
 
Perry drove into water at 17 and Riley was too far behind so Jacobsen had to negotiate the difficult closing holes at the TPC at River Highlands. Riley chipped in for eagle at the 15th so he had the honor on 16 and Jacobsen benefited from seeing Riley. Jacobsen hit a 7-iron and made a routine par but the 17th and 18th still remained.
 
Jacobsen blew a 3-wood down the right side of the fairway near the water but had only a lob-wedge left to the hole. He spun the ball back to four feet to set up birdie and put the finishing touches on the win.
 
He had some trouble at 18 when he drove into the right rough but made par to earn the two-stroke victory.
 
'I drove it very well and hit a lot of good iron shots,' said Jacobsen. 'It feels great. I was thinking out there today, this is the first tournament back, two-year anniversary from when I had hip surgery.'
 
Jacobsen is eight months shy of his 50th birthday and a date on the Champions Tour, but he may need to re-think his strategy for next season.
 
'I was planning on playing the Champions Tour next year when I turn 50,' said Jacobsen. 'Now, I don't know what I'm going to do. It's a nice problem to have.'
 
Riley opened the round one shot behind Jacobsen but struggled out of the gate, hitting his first tee shot out of bounds. He hit another one out of bounds but recovered with a chip-in eagle at 15 that was just too late.
 
'You just can't hit two balls out of bounds on Sunday and win an event,' Riley said. 'You know how the crowds are here in Hartford. They're just huge. Maybe I got a little caught up in the moment.'
 
Perry finished with a 69 to tie for fourth place with Steve Pate (67) and Craig Barlow (69) at 10-under-par 270. Briny Baird (66), Joe Durant (68) and Robert Damron (69) shared seventh at minus-9.
 
Shaun Micheel fired a 65 and took 10th place at 8-under-par 272.
 
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