J.B. WilliamsLEXINGTON, Ky. (8/2/19) — J.B. Williams prevailed in one of the most historic championships in the history of Kentucky golf on Thursday. Not only did Williams capture the championship’s centennial anniversary, he also matched the low score in the competition’s history. The Danville native recorded a round of 65 (-7) during Thursday’s final round, following rounds of 68-64 to give him a total score of 197 (-19). The mark was previously set by Mark Savage in the 2006 Kentucky Open at University Club of Kentucky and was also matched by Evan Davis this week.

Williams defeated Davis on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with a birdie on the par-five 14th. Both players birdied the par-five 18th to begin the playoff, but Williams secured the win when Davis was unable to find the green in regulation and match Williams’ birdie. Each player entered the final round tied for the lead with Brendon Doyle at 132 (-12), but both Williams and Davis separated themselves from the rest of the pack thanks to bogey-free rounds from each player. Clay Amlung and Justin Tereshko were the next closest competitors, each of whom finished the 100th Kentucky Open at 199 (-17) and two strokes shy of the playoff.

The opening stretch of the final round featured a bunched leaderboard with Williams leading by one at the turn, but consistent birdies from Williams and Davis slowly distanced themselves from the rest of the pack, which effectively became a two-man race after the 14th hole. Davis made an eagle putt from approximately fifty feet to take the lead from Williams by a stroke heading into the final four holes. After pars from each player on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes, Williams had an eagle putt from inside ten feet on the 18th while Davis had five feet for birdie. Both players missed their putts but made the following tap-ins, giving Williams the stroke back he needed to force the playoff.

“It feels great,” Williams said after the playoff. “I was hitting the ball well all week and to make only one bogey (which was a double bogey on the 15th during the first round) throughout the tournament has to go down as one of the best accomplishments of my golfing career. I had to be patient today; Evan played some great golf and it was back and forth pretty much all day. Considering it went into extra holes makes it that much sweeter to get the job done.”

 

 

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