Nationwide Tour player Brian Rowell outlasted the heat and the wind, and survived a 3-hole playoff to capture his first Tight Lies Tour victory Sunday at the Houston Classic.
Rowell, of Houston, defeated Tight Lies Tour veteran Jeff Burns of San Antonio and Nationwide Tour regular Bubba Watson, of Baghdad, Fla., by making par on the 215-yard par-3 13th hole at Houston's Hearthstone Country Club. The Houston Classic was the season-opener on the Tight Lies Tour schedule.
All three players had good birdie chances on the first playoff hole, but none could convert. Rowell and Burns halved the second hole with birdies before Burns missed his par putt from five feet on the following hole. Rowell tapped in his short par putt clinching the victory and a $20,000 first place check.
Rowell, Burns and Watson had finished regulation tied at 11-under par.