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Three golfers competed in a sudden death playoff for the last remaining slot at the MS Gulf Resort Classic

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email


BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - James Mason and Rod Spittle both shot 68 and qualified for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

That left one slot open and three men vying for the lone spot. Robin Freeman, Jay Don Blake and Terry Burke all shot 2-under 70's and would compete in a sudden death playoff.

Freeman had a chance to avoid the playoff, but three putted 18.  He would have to pick up his clubs and try again.

Sudden death play started on number 10 where Terry Burke almost birdied the hole. The ball hit the lip of the cup and bounced away.

Jay Don Blake would try to win it with a birdie attempt and it was close. The ball hung on the lip of the hole and stayed there.  All three golfers would par the hole and advance to number 17.

Terry Burke would come up with another great putt, but not quite good enough to drop in the hole.

Jay Don Blake, who won over 5-million dollars on the PGA Tour ,failed to sink a birdie attempt.

That left the door wide open for Robin Freeman who came up with a nice approach shot, getting the ball close enough for a chance at birdie.

Freeman would take his time and deliver.  He dropped the ball in the hole from 8 feet and gained the last remaining slot cracking the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic .

Robin Freeman said luck was on his side, "I putted so poorly today I never should have been in a playoff but that's the way Bermuda grass and I hang out together. I'm not a very good Bermuda grass putter. I had a tough shot today but luckily made one on that last hole there."@

Freeman turned pro in 1983 and won over 2-million dollars on the PGA Tour.  He says he hasn't played that much golf this year spending time with his children during spring break.@

James Mason, Rod Spittle and Robin Freeman get another shot to play on the greens and win some.   The first place check for winning the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is $240,000.

Freeman said he's taking aim on the big prize, "Yeah I feel good, ready to go make some money." >


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