Peter Jacobsen fulfilled a promise to his father, as he rallied to win the Colonial National Invitation golf tournament in a playoff
Jacobsen gained a tie on the 72d hole, then birdied the first playoff hole for the title, defeating Payne Stewart. On Saturday, after the third round, he said he had promised his father, who is hospitalized with cancer, that he would win.
Stewart, who led by two strokes after three rounds, was ahead by one in the final regulation hole. But he drove into deep trouble to the right and had no shot at the green. He played his second shot in the general direction of the green, hit a tree and dropped 150 yards from the putting surface.
He got his third shot onto the green and two-putted, making a four-footer for the bogey that gave him a 2-over- par 72 and dropped him into a tie for first at 270, or 10 under at the Colonial Country Club.
Jacobsen, with a chance to win, left a birdie putt short on the final hole and finished with a 70. The playoff began on the 15th hole.
Stewart, wearing his trademark plus-fours, again drove into trouble to the right, and Jacobsen hit a massive drive down the middle. Stewart sent his second shot over the green. Jacobsen needed only a wedge to loft his approach six feet from the flag. Stewart then grazed the hole with his chip, and missed an eight-foot par putt. Jacobsen stroked in the birdie putt.
The victory, only the second of his eight-year career, was worth $90,000 from the total purse of $500,000.