Future Masters’ blue blazer comes down to a sudden-death playoff

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DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — Going into the final round of the 15-18 age division in the Future Masters ten golfers were within three shots of the top spot.

It would stay like that all the way to the final hole with three guys within putting distance of the coveted blue blazer.

In the mix was the 2019 Future Masters champion, Jones Free, who was one stroke up on the defending champion, Carter Loflin, and Camden Smith.

Until Loflin sunk a clutch birdie while Free and Smith were only able to par, taking us into a playoff between Free and Loflin.

“After he hit it up there I knew I had to make birdie pretty much,” 2020 champion Carter Loflin said. “I knew he probably wasn’t going to three putt because he’d been solid all day. The last putt I wasn’t really thinking about anything at all I was just hoping it would go in.”

The two both parred the first playoff on 18 but on 14 Loflin came out on top making another birdie while Free parred. Crowning Loflin as a two-time and repeating Future Masters Champion.

“I didn’t really expect to ever win it once so to win it twice is pretty insane. Coming into this week I felt like I was hitting the ball good and doing everything pretty well. I’ve been working pretty hard on it. I felt like it was definitely possible. It definitely wasn’t out of the question, but it still feels pretty crazy to do it.”

Loflin becomes the first person to win in back to back years since Stewart Cink did it in 1990-91.

Last year, Loflin played well in the final round but was not in the leaders group, making his rise to the top a surprising one but this year the pressure was on.

“It’s a little bit weird because you’ve got a lot more people following you. Last year, I couldn’t really gauge where I was at because there was nobody around I didn’t really have any scoreboards or anything like that to really watch. It was definitely a little bit different this year knowing exactly what was going on. Just have to worry about the guy that you’re playing with, it felt a little bit different.”

Winning the Future Masters for a second time, Loflin says it gives him the confidence that his game is headed in the right direction.

“I knew I’d been playing well coming into this but this kind of just proves that what I’m doing is the right stuff so hopefully I can just use it as momentum and keep on going.”

With one more year of eligibility, Loflin will return to the Future Masters next year with hopes of winning the tournament three times in a row.

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