Exber wins Stocker Cup in sudden death

Final scores

Brady Exber claimed the Stocker Cup title on Friday, but not before meeting Herbie Aikens in sudden death. Exber, of Las Vegas, had led after each of the first two rounds at Sonoma (Calif.) Golf Club, but Aikens, of Kingston, Mass., caught him with a final-round 2-under 70. Both players finished 54 holes at 3-under 213, and Exber made par on the first hole of the playoff to win the title.

Aikens tied it up late in the final round, and nearly overtook Exber when Exber missed the fairway with his drive at No. 18. His line to the green was obstructed by trees, but he was able to cut his second shot around the trouble and left himself in rough left of the green. Exber chipped on and made his par putt from there.

“I feel like I have a solid short game, so I thought I could get it up and down” Exber said.

Exber struggled in Round 3 for the first time all week. He missed a short putt at the 11th and was 2 over by the time he reached 16. From that fairway, he hit a 274-yard 3-wood just over the green to set up a birdie.

“That’s a big 3-wood for me, really on my limit, but I nailed it and it’s a shot I’ll remember for a long time,” he said. Exber finished the round with a 1-over 73.

Behind Exber and Aikens, defending Stocker Cup champion John Sawin of San Francisco was third at even-par 216. A group of three players tied for fourth another shot back. That threesome included Brad Wilder from Fort Wright, Ky., and Jeff Wilson and Jason Anthony from Fairfield, Calif.

Information from the Stocker Cup used in this report

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