Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Defending Champ Wins Fuhrer with Hole in One Bradshaw's Sudden-Death Ace Outlasts Canadian Pro for 3rd Overall Title in Event

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Defending Champ Wins Fuhrer with Hole in One Bradshaw's Sudden-Death Ace Outlasts Canadian Pro for 3rd Overall Title in Event

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David Bradshaw had two chances to end the drama on the 18th hole and win the Frank B. Fuhrer Invitational for a third time. And each time - once at the end of regulation, another at the end of an aggregate three-hole playoff - he failed by missing par-saving putts.

The final miss turned his playoff with Canadian professional Michael Gligic into sudden-death. And it pushed the playoff back to the very hole that had tormented Bradshaw - No. 18, the 208-yard par-3.

Bradshaw didn't have to worry about missing any more putts this time.

With the remainder of the 40-man field and the tournament host watching from the hillside at Pittsburgh Field Club, Bradshaw ended the playoff in stunning fashion, making a hole in one with a 5-iron that hit 12 feet below the pin and rolled into the cup.

"Never in my life did I think that would happen," Bradshaw said. "That is the oddest ending to a golf tournament I've ever been a part of."

The walk-off hole in one ended the playoff with Gligic after both players finished at 8-under 272 after 72 holes. And it earned Bradshaw the $40,000 first prize that he also won in 2012 and 2015.

After opening the three-day tournament with five bogeys in his first 10 holes, Bradshaw made 17 birdies and four bogeys the rest of the way to become the first repeat champion since amateur Sean Knapp in 1996 when the tournament was known as the Pittsburgh Open. Bradshaw also joins Knapp as the only three-time winner of the event. Oakmont pro Bob Ford is the only player to win the title four times.

"I called it in the air," said Bradshaw, a seven-time West Virginia Open champion. "I said, I got one. It started 15 feet right of the pin and curved right at it. And the darn thing went in. That was so crazy. It's one of those moments."

Bradshaw joins a very small list of players who have had a walk-off hole in one in a pro competition. …

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