MADISON, Wis. -- Kirk Triplett rallied to win the inaugural American Family Insurance Championship on Sunday for his fifth PGA Tour Champions title, making four straight birdies in front of another large crowd at University Ridge.
The 54-year-old Triplett shot a 7-under 65 to finish at 17-under 199, two strokes ahead of Bart Bryant and Mike Goodes on the course softened by 2 inches of overnight rain. Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to use preferred lies in the fairways.
With son Sam serving as his caddie, Triplett birdied the par-4 13th, 14th and 15th and par-5 16th, saved par with a 6-footer on the par-3 17th and parred the par-4 18th.
"It's always special when you have your family," Triplett said. "Sometimes you try too hard. ... He's a competitive golfer as well. He plays on the college team at Northwestern and just for him to be inside the ropes and see what's going on, not just watch me."
Triplett hit a sand wedge shot to a foot on 13, and pitching wedges to 10 feet on 15 and 6 feet on 15. On the 16th, he hit 5-iron just off the edge of the green and chipped to a foot.
"When I got over to 17, I just figured two pars would win the golf tournament and I hit it in the middle of the green," Triplett said. "Didn't make it easy, but I got my two pars."
The three-time PGA Tour winner played the front nine in 3 under, dropped a stroke with a three-putt bogey on the par-4 10th and birdied the par-5 11th.
Bryant, the leader at 17 under after a birdie on 14, had a 69. He made a triple-bogey 7 on the 15th after losing his ball when it sailed to the right off the tee.
"My driver that's my bread and butter. That's how I've made a living playing the tour," Bryant said. "And it kind of let me down this week. I didn't drive the ball very well this week. I got it in play OK today other than the one, but I hit very few solid drives and it probably cost me about six shots this week, which is very unusual for me. Luckily, I putted the eyes off of it."
Goodes shot a 68 playing alongside Triplett.
"I played really well all week and just got beat," Goodes said. "Kirk played beautifully today, made some great birdies on the back nine."
Hometown PGA Tour player Steve Stricker helped launch the event and is the tournament host. He turns 50 in February and will be eligible to play next year.
"It's wonderful, definitely in our top tier of events," Triplett said. "You've got all your right ingredients. You've got a wonderful sponsor, American Family, committed to golf, committed to the community and it shows in the way that they're doing stuff. For Steve Stricker to spend his time, he and his family to spend their time creating this event, you know that's a pretty special deal."
"I'm disappointed because I didn't really play my game on the back nine," Remesy said. "I was not good enough. That was the first time in contention and I try my best. I try my best."
Bernhard Langer finished with a 69 to tie for 13th at 11 under. The 58-year-old German star was coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Constellation Senior Players Championship.
John Daly had a 66 -- his best round in his first six events on the tour -- to tie for 36th at 7 under.