Esteban Toledo wins Montreal C'ship with chip-in birdie on third extra hole

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Esteban Toledo won the Montreal Championship on the third hole of sudden death Sunday, meaning that both of his Champions Tour titles this season have come on the third hole of a playoff.
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Associated Press

Series: Champions Tour

SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec – Esteban Toledo won the Montreal Championship on Sunday for his second Champions Tour victory of the season, chipping in for birdie to beat Kenny Perry on the third extra hole. 

The 50-year-old Toledo won the Insperity Championship in May in Texas to become the first Mexican winner in Champions Tour history. He also won that event on the third hole of a playoff, topping Mike Goodes with a par. 

Toledo shot a 3-under 69 to match Perry at 5-under 211 on La Vallee du Richelieu's Rouville Course. Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive tour starts this summer, had a 70. 

Toledo, a former boxer, swung his fist after he chipped in for the birdie. 

"I always celebrate with a left hook," Toledo said. 

Perry had a chance for force another hole, but his long putt was wide left. 

"When Kenny missed the putt on the third playoff hole I was shocked, really," Toledo said. "I know it was a 20-footer, but it was makeable to tie me." 

They each parred the par-4 18th twice in the playoff, and Toledo won on the par-3 10th. 

"I really like Esteban," Perry said. "He's a talented kid. He works hard and I was very proud of him. That was a great shot. I said, `One of us needs to make a birdie.' Bad for me, but good for Esteban. Great job." 

Perry used a cart throughout the final round because of pain in his back and right heel. 

"I was just fighting through it," Perry said. "I was just trying to finish. I came all the way up here to finish and my goal was to play 54 holes. I actually played very nicely. I drove the ball beautifully. I drove it better today than I've driven it all week. There is something to be said about the wounded guy. I guess I was more in control, more in reserve, not trying to swing so hard at it." 

Duffy Waldorf was a stroke back after a 70. 

Bernhard Langer, three strokes ahead entering the round, had a 75 to tie for fourth at 3 under with David Frost, Michael Allen and Anders Forsbrand. Frost had a 70, Allen shot 71, and Forsbrand had a 72. 

The 5-under total was the highest winning 54-hole score on the tour since 2008, when Jerry Pate shot 5 under to win the Turtle Bay Championship in Hawaii.