Toms scored his approach in the playoffs on the par-4 18th to the middle of the green and two-putt from 18 feet. Pride’s approach went right to a green bunker, and his 16-foot football stopped an inch from the entrance.
The 54-year-old Toms shot straight on par in the 18th in regulation after driving left in a fairway bunker. He shot a 5-under 66 to finish at 10-under 203 on Norwood Hills’ West Course, the tree-lined layout where Ben Hogan won the 1948 PGA Championship for his second major title.
“It was hard to play. You had to pay attention to what you were doing out there,” Toms said. “You had to hit your second shot in the right place to even try to make a hit. So, I think the first year went well. It was supported by the community, fans came out, the weather was fantastic “A breeze, but this time of year you take it every day.”
Pride finishes with a 67, forcing the playoffs with an 18-foot birdie at 18.
“I hung in there, made a bunch of birds and the very pretty bird at 18,” Pride said. “The playoffs, I can get angry if I leave the putt short, it’s a highlight that I tried to make holes at 15 and 16 and I beat them through the break.”
Toms won the 2001 PGA Championship for one of his 13 PGA Tour titles, and won the U.S. Senior Open in 2018 for his only other victory on the 50-and-more Tour.
“I’m still working hard. It’s hard,” Toms said. “I mean, guys prepare every week, they play great. Of course it means a lot, it means a lot. I felt good all week. It felt like a PGA Tour tournament with the crowd and everything, the expansion.”
The 52-year-old Pride won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in May in Georgia for his stand-alone senior title. He took the St. Won Jude Classic on 1994 PGA Tour
“It’s a great way to end the week,” Haas said. “I am glad.”