AUGUSTA – Matthew Campbell started the final round of the Charlie’s Maine Open two shots back of the lead. That quickly changed after a birdie, eagle start that was capped off by a hole-in-one.
“When I get off to a hot start I usually play pretty well, you’re not catching up throughout the round,” Campbell said.
Campbell stayed hot through the back nine birdieng 10, 14 and 16. But, 18-hole co-leader Peter French didn’t go home without putting up a fight.
French stepped on the par 4 16th tee box three shots back of Campbell with a bid decision to make. Take driver and go for the green, or lay up. He chose the former and it paid off.
“I needed to hit a golf shot and I kind of felt that a good tee shot would lead me either center green or just in front and you know make birdie or possibly eagle,” French said.
French birdied 18 to force a sudden death playoff. Both players found the fairway with their tee shots, but it was Campbell who capitalized putting his approach inside ten feet.
He brushed in his birdie putt to claim his second Maine Open shooting a 7-under 63 (-11 overall).
“I had a good feeling about it this year. The year I won I also had a good feeling about it because it was my first professional win. To come back here and get another one, there’s just good vibes here I love it up here and just it feels really good,” Campbell said.
South Freeport’s Jack Wyman (-4) was the low amateur in the field.