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David Hutsell wins PGA Professional in second playoff hole

HERSHEY, Pa. – David Hutsell won the 44th PGA Professional National Championship on Wednesday, beating Faber Jamerson with an 8-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff.

Hutsell, the 40-year-old PGA director of instruction at The Elkridge Club in Baltimore, Md., closed with a 3-under 68 on the Hershey Country Club’s East Course to match Jamerson (70) and Scott Erdmann (72) at 11-under 274. Erdmann dropped out of the playoff with a bogey on the first extra hole.

The top 20 players earned spots in the PGA Championship on Aug. 11-14 at Atlanta Athletic Club. Hutsell, Jamerson and Erdmann also topped the eight qualifies for the U.S. PGA Cup team that will face Britain and Ireland on Sept. 16-18 at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. The final two U.S. spots will be determined after the PGA Championship.

Hutsell won on the par-4 17th.

Jamerson’s tee shot wedged up against the roots of a tree in the left-hand rough. The PGA general manager at Falling River Country Club in Appomattox, Va., chipped left-handed back to the fairway, then hit his approach over the green and finished with a double-bogey 6. Hutsell hit his approach from the left rough to 8 feet and made the birdie putt, becoming the third Middle Atlantic PGA member to win the National Championship. He earned $75,000.

On the first extra hole, Erdmann, a PGA assistant professional at Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego, Ore., drove into the rough on the par-4 18th. He hit his approach into a greenside bunker, blasted out 20 feet past the hole and missed the par putt.