Pat Bradley, six strokes off the lead as the day began, birdied her first three holes today, tied Amy Alcott and then made a birdie putt on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the $300,000 LPGA National Pro-Am.
Bradley shot a closing four-under-par 68 for a total of 284. Her six-foot birdie putt at the par-5 15th hole -- the second hole of the playoff -- gave her the victory as Alcott faltered, needing six strokes just to reach the green.
"It wasn't until I made my putt that I was sure I had won," Bradley said. "Even when Amy was on that hill (hitting her fourth shot), I thought, 'If anyone can pull off a golf shot like that, Amy can.' "
The victory was worth $45,000 for Bradley, who is enjoying her most profitable and best scoring season ever.
Alcott, the third-round leader, recovered from a triple bogey on the first hole today but faded with bogeys at the 13th and 16th holes before forcing the playoff with a birdie at No. 18. She had a final-round 74.
Lori Garbacz and Beth Daniel each finished one shot back at 285. Daniel closed with a 69, birdieing her last two holes, and Garbacz overcame a mid-round collapse and had a 73, also birdieing Nos. 17 and 18.