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Block edges Broce to win National Championship

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Block edges Broce to win National Championship
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Michael Block is the ninth player to win the PGA Professional National Championship in his first try.(Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

By The PGA of America

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Michael Block of Aliso Viejo, Calif., made a three-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole Wednesday to defeat Jamie Broce of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, and capture the 47th PGA Professional National Championship at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club.

Block, 38, became the ninth player to win the Championship in his first attempt.

Block, the PGA head professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif., parred the 72nd hole for an even-par 72 to force a playoff with Broce at 2-under-par 286. Broce, 37, the men's golf coach at the University of Toledo, missed a four-foot par putt on the 18th hole, posting a 75.

The players matched pars on the first extra hole, then moved to the 382-yard, par-4 10th hole. Broce hit his approach 25 feet from the hole and two-putted for par before Block knocked home his winning putt.

Block becomes the second player in Southern California PGA history to win the National Championship, following Jeff Freeman in 1999.

The low 20 scorers earned a berth in the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, August 7-10, in Louisville, Ky.

Along with Block and Broce, they are: Stuart Deane, Frank Esposito, Dustin Volk, Rod Perry, Bob Sowards, David Tentis, Johan Kok, David Hronek, Steve Schneiter, Rob Corcoran, Jerry Smith, Aaron Krueger, Dave McNabb, Eric Williamson, Matt Pesta, Brian Norman, Jim McGovern and Ryan Helminen.

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