Ben Silverman blows five shots lead but wins in playoff at Korn Ferry Tour’s Bahamas Great Abaco Classic

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Ben Silverman, a 35-year-old journeyman in the field with a sponsorship exemption, held a five-shot lead with eight holes remaining in the final round of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Bahamas Great Abaco Classic on Wednesday.

He bogeyed on the 11th to return one, then parred Nos. 12 through 17 before making a double bogey 7 on the par-5 18th hole. Meanwhile, Cody Blick made a birdie on the 12th and 14th holes to take the lead. He made a bogey on the 17th, but made a clutch birdie on the 18th to post a 66 and track down Silverman, who shot a 70, and force a playoff.

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The duo again played 18th in the playoff and this time it was Blick who made a double bogey 7. Silverman made par to claim the win, his first anywhere in nearly six years.

“I am really proud of myself. I’m very happy. Honestly, even if I hadn’t won, I would have finished second, it still would have been a phenomenal week. The trophy is just so much sweeter,” Silverman said. “I’m just waiting to celebrate with my wife, my family, when I get home, my coaches, support staff, everyone. It’s very special.”

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Also special: an honorary membership at the Abaco Club to win.

“I had no idea, but that’s unbelievable, honorary member here,” he said. “You can guarantee that I will bring my wife, friends, sponsors, we will definitely come back for a holiday.”

The Canadian last won at the 2017 Price Cutter Charity Championship on the KFT.

Shad Tuten, Matt McCarty, Fabian Gomez and Tom Whitney shot 12 under to take third. Chandler Phillips, who won the season opener a week ago, finished T-12.

Scott Brown, who made the 36 holes on Monday, got a call that he was in the field for the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open as an alternate after John Huh pulled out, so Brown retired to the Bahamas to fly to San Diego.

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The Korn Ferry Tour opened the 2023 season with consecutive events in the Bahamas. The next two tournaments will be in Panama and Colombia over the next two weeks before the tour takes a five-week break. The first U.S. event this year is March 23-26 at the Club Car Championship in Savannah, Georgia.

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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