DuToit takes State Open in a playoff

Birdie on first playoff hole secures title

As the final threesome in the Minnesota State Open approached the tee on what was supposed to be the 54th and final hole of their stay in Brooklyn Park, none of the three participants had identical scores.

But by the time the flag was returned to the hole on the 18th green at Edinburgh USA, that was precisely the outcome July 21.

Clayton Rask bogeyed, Jon DuToit made par and Sammy Schmitz drained a 20-foot birdie putt on that final hole, as each finished up at 8-under par to force a three-way playoff.

That meant the three returned to the tee on No. 18, where this time, DuToit quickly ended the drama by going on to make birdie and win his first State Open.

DuToit had started the day two shots back of Rask, but he quickly erased that deficit to the 2010 State Open champion by opening his round with back-to-back birdies on the first and second holes.

An eagle on No. 9 put Rask back out front by a stroke, and the separation would be the same when the trio arrived at the 18th tee.

But Rask would bogey the hole, setting up a fitting end to the three-day tournament.

Despite finishing second, Rask would still end up as the highest professional in the field, which pocketed him a check for $8,500.

DuToit, who is on the University of Minnesota men’s golf team, and Schmitz were both amateurs.

Wayzata High School graduate Cameron White placed fourth overall after shooting a 65 on the final day, which was the low round of the tournament.

Defending champion Ryan Peterson ended up finishing in a tie for 51st.

Peterson opened the tournament with an 80 before coming back to card rounds of 70 and 73.

Edinburgh USA head golf professional Don Berry finished in a tie for 33rd after going 76-69-74 for a three-day total of 219.

Berry had won the event in both 1992 and 1999.

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