Bobby Stroble made up three shots on Chris Anderson in the final two holes of regulation, then won with par on the first hole of a playoff to win the 54-hole Templeton Oldsmobile Open yesterday at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, Va.
Mike Wynn of the host club missed out on the playoff when his four-foot birdie putt went awry on the final hole. He placed third with 73 -- 212.
Stroble, of Albany, Ga., and Anderson, former University of Virginia golf captain who now lives in Wilmington, Del., each shot 76 -- 211.
Tied for fourth at 214 were Clem King of Charlottesville (71 yesterday), Jeff Lewis of Miami (74) and John McNaney of Baltimore (75).
Stroble, 40, who lost his PGA Tour card last year because of tendinitis in his hands, which has since been cured, won $3,265 here. Anderson won $2,165.
Anderson appeared to have clinched victory when he hit a great two-iron tee shot to two feet from the cup on the par-3 No. 16 hole. His resulting birdie gave him a three-shot lead over Stroble, who bogeyed the hole.
"When he got that birdie it I thought it was all over," said Stroble. "I was just going to finish, pick up a check, and get out of here."
But Anderson topped his three-iron approach shot to the 17th hole and double-bogeyed, reducing his lead over Stroble to one shot.
On the 18th, a par 5 that several times has decided this tournament formerly known as the Middle Atlantic Open, Anderson drove to the right into heavy weeds and had to hit his second shot sideways. He ended up missing a 10-foot putt and taking bogey.
Stroble, who appeared eliminated from contention two holes earlier, had a chance to win the tournament, but his birdie attempt from eight feet missed by inches.
That set up the playoff. They went to the first hole, where Stroble got down in routine regulation but Anderson went over the green with his approach and took another bogey.