Steve Flesch is back in victory lane, having routed the field at the 2023 Ascension Charity Classic.
Despite shooting a pair of 66s in the first two rounds, he started the final day two shots back of the lead at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis but he quickly made a move, opening birdie-eagle-birdie-par-birdie-birdie.
After three more birdies on the back nine, the lefty signed for a tournament-record 62 and earned his fourth PGA Tour Champions at 19 under. The 62 also ties Flesch’s career low round. He played the last 35 holes of the 54-hole tournament bogey free. His son Griffen was on the bag this week.
Flesh had three straight top-10s in late May/June this season then had a pair of WDs. He was T-58, T-33 and T-36 in his last three outings but definitely found the magic this week.
Kevin Sutherland and Y.E.Yang tied the then-course record with 64s in the first round while Colin Montgomerie and Bretty Quigley each had 64s in the second round. Montgomerie’s round was punctuated by his first Champions tour hole-in-one.