Kendall wins playoff, pockets third Nationwide title

BROUSSARD, La. -- Longtime PGA Tour player Skip Kendall won
the Nationwide Tour's Louisiana Open on Sunday, birdieing the third
hole of a playoff with Paul Claxton.

The 42-year-old Kendall won with a 6-foot birdie putt on the
par-5 first hole after the players matched pars on the par-4 18th
on the first two extra holes.

"I hung in there," Kendall said. "If you're ever going to
have a putt to win, that's the kind you want. A right edge putt
straight up the hill."

After opening with three 5-under 66s, Kendall closed with a 70
in windy conditions to match Claxton (65) at 16-under 268 on the Le
Triomphe Country Club course.

Kendall earned $90,000 for his third career Nationwide Tour
title. He also won the tour's 1994 Inland Empire Open and Carolina

Claxton made a 22-foot birdie putt on the final hole of
regulation to cap a 5-under 31 on the back nine.

Australia's Jarrod Lyle (68) finished a stroke back, and D.J.
Brigman (66) and Tom Byrum (70) tied for fourth at 13 under. South
Africa's Brenden Pappas followed his opening 60 with rounds of 74,
71 and to tie for 12th at 10 under.