Scott Parel fired a bogey-free 8-under-par 63 to win the PGA Tour Champions Chubb Classic by two strokes on Sunday at Naples, Fla.
Parel, who did not play collegiate golf and didn’t pursue professional golf until he was 31, won his third Champions event — his first since the 2018 season.
The 54-year-old began Sunday tied for sixth, three strokes behind Australia’s Stephen Leaney at The Classics at Lely Resort. Parel started hot with birdies on the first two holes, rolling in a 12-foot putt at No. 1 and chipping in at No. 2.
“My speed was great today,” he said of his putting. “When you make that 12-footer on the first hole it gives you a little confidence.”
He birdied four of the first seven holes and posted four more birdies on the back nine, including one on the par-5 17th, before a tap-in par on the final hole.
Playing partner Bob Estes closed with a 64 for second place at 15-under 198.
Parel managed to play in five PGA Tour events, missing four cuts, before finding success on the Champions Tour. He tied for 12th at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in January and tied for third at the Morocco Champions earlier this month.
He had eight top 10s, including three solo seconds, in 2019.
“It was really important for me,” he said of getting the victory Sunday. “You know you’re not going to win any time you’re in contention, but then you start to wonder how many more times are you going to get into contention. For me to be in contention and finish the job was very, very important.”
Parel earned $240,000 for the victory and pushed past $5 million in career earnings on the Champions Tour. He has posted 21 consecutive rounds under par, the longest active streak on the tour.
Kevin Sutherland (67 on Sunday) and Germany’s Bernhard Langer (69) tied for third at 13 under.
Leaney faded with three bogeys during an ever-par round of 71, finishing tied for fifth at 12 under with Chris DiMarco (69) and Marco Dawson (67).
Tom Lehman matched Parel on Sunday with a 63 — tied for the lowest round of the tournament — and charged up to a tie for ninth at 10 under.
–Field Level Media