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Dicky Pride shoots 67 again to win Mitsubishi Electric Classic

Field Level Media
17 May 2021, 09:40 GMT+10

Dicky Pride made six birdies to break away from the pack Sunday and finish at 11-under 205 to win the Mitsubishi Electric Classic by three strokes.

Pride (71-67-67) was a Monday qualifier for the event at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga. His 5-under 67 Sunday was the low round for the second straight day.

Not only did it mark Pride's first Champions Tour victory, it was his first win on any tour since the 2015 Portland Open on the Web.com Tour. Pride, 51, only won once on the PGA Tour, back in 1994.

"I've now won on all three tours, which is something I always wanted to do and I always wanted to say," Pride said. "I put in a lot of hard work. I really am appreciative of all of people that have helped me."

After entering the day tied for third, Pride earned his first lead of the day when he birdied No. 8 to get to 9 under. Around the same time, Doug Barron gave chase, eventually reaching 10 under with an eagle and two birdies in a four-hole span. But Barron faded with a double bogey and bogey on Nos. 15 and 16.

Pride made far fewer mistakes. The only blemish on his card was a bogey on No. 15. By that time, he had built a comfortable enough cushion.

Without many leaderboards out on the course for players to check, though, Pride said he didn't realize how large his lead had grown until late in the round.

"I actually saw the leaderboard right before my bunker shot on 16 and saw I had a three-shot lead and it got a little easier," Pride said.

Second-round leader Paul Goydos turned in an even-par 72 to finish at 8-under 208 for the event, tied for second with Kirk Triplett and Canadian Stephen Ames.

Barron, Billy Andrade and Brett Quigley tied for fifth at 7 under. Jerry Kelly and Tom Gillis finished 6 under to tie for eighth.

--Field Level Media

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