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Triplett takes inaugural American Family Insurance Championship

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Kirk Triplett made four straight birdies Sunday to win the PGA Tour Champions' inaugural American Family Insurance Championship.
   The 54-year-old Triplett shot a 7-under 65 in front of another large crowd at University Ridge to finish at 17-under 199, two strokes ahead of Bart Bryant and Mike Goodes. Triplett has five victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning three times on the PGA Tour.
   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. Triplett played the front nine in 3 under, dropped a stroke on the par-4 10th and birdied the par-5 11th to set up the winning run.
   Bart 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. Goodes shot a 68.

The event had been hyped for more than a year and exceeded expectations. Attendance numbers were at least 14,000 for each of the three days of tournament play, and close to $1,000,000 dollars was raised for local charities.

"I think we were all blown away, I know I was. It just tickled us to death to see the excitement and enthusiasm from everybody out here this week," tournament host Steve Stricker said.

Next year Stricker will turn from tournament host to player host, as he'll become eligible to play in Champions Tour events when he turns 50 in February.

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