Pine to Palm: Renner wins fourth title
DETROIT LAKES — Co-medalist and three-time champion Chuck Renner won his fourth Super Seniors championship over Don Bradford at the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament Sunday afternoon.
Renner hit a hybrid to 20-feet below the third extra hole and two-putted for victory.
Bradford shot to the front edge of the green to a pin close to the back of the green and ran a putt by five-feet.
Bradford lost his tying putt to the right of the hole to end the match.
“He’s a good player, good putter and just very smart about what he did - that’s why it was a tough match all day,” Renner said.
Renner won his fourth title playing with two detached tendons in his wrist that affected his play all weekend.
“It caught me two days ago,” he said. “Today, I hit some bad shots because I just couldn’t find the grip.”
Both players played in opposing conditions to Saturday, which was hot and humid. Sunday’s play was in temperatures in the 60s after a night of rainfall changing the conditions of the greens.
“They might have been just a touch slower, but you still have to give the greens respect if you’re above the hole and it depends on which hole you’re above it,” Renner said. “If you’re on eight, it’s still incredibly fast. You just have to look at each putt and different sides and figure is this very fast or extremely fast.”
Both golfers had putt attempts for the win on the first two extra holes.
Bradford was in the fairway from yards out on hole No. 1 after a nice out from the trees along the left side of the fairway, while Renner was in good shape in the left rough.
Renner hit a 60-yard chip from a downhill lie to a the back left edge of the green and putted close enough to tap in to set up a two-putt to halve for Bradford, which he did.
On two Bradford avoided overhanging tree limbs in the the right rough from 150 yards away hitting an iron to the right edge of the green leaving a lengthy uphill putt.
Renner drove straight down the middle and his approach left a 10-foot uphill put for the win. Both golfers two putted to move to the third and deciding extra hole where the experienced Renner clinched his fourth championship to cap a strong week at the Detroit Lakes Country Club.
“I set objectives and then you try to figure out what do I have to do to achieve that?” he said. “So, I set up a little plan this year about what I was going to do and it had to revolve around the wedges, because I’ve been weak with the wedges and the putting. The wedges and the putter are what helped me this year.”