Another week, another Fall Series event decided in a playoff.
With a par and a missed short putt by Webb Simpson, Ben Crane made the 2011 McGladrey Classic his fourth career PGA Tour victory on the second hole of sudden-death Sunday at Sea Island Resort's Seaside Course. Crane birdied four of his final five holes to shoot a final-round 63 and finish at -15 for the tournament. A few groups later, Simpson posted a final round of four-under par 66 to join Crane at 265 for the tournament.
Michael Thompson, who held the 54-hole lead, bogeyed his final hole to shoot 69 and fall a shot outside the playoff. Nevertheless, the Tour rookie secured his 2012 PGA Tour card with his third place finish.
A pair of South African major champions rounded out the top five. Last year's Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen finished the tournament with a final-round 66 to finish at -13 and Trevor Immelman, who tied the Seaside course record on Saturday with a 62, cooled off on Sunday with a 69 to finish at -12.
With his second-place finish, Simpson moved over $300,000 ahead of current top-ranked player Luke Donald, who is trying to become the first golfer in history to win both the European and American money titles in the same year. Both players will be in the field next week at Walt Disney World for the final tournament of the season, the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
Of the three Connecticut-connected pros in the field at Sea Island, Jerry Kelly was the only one to make the cut. He shot a final-round 67 to earn a six-way share of 20th place at -7 for the tournament.