The Waco Annual Charity Open (WACO) came to a thrilling conclusion as Kyle Klein shot an incredible -13 in the final round to take home the title from the chase card.
The parity was once again on full display at this 2nd stop at the DGPT. 11 players within striking distance of only three strokes (PDGA record).
WACO is renowned for being one of the shortest and most technical courses on tour, which demands accuracy from the tee and if not that, then an off the charts scramble game. Although the players faced pretty windy conditions on the final day, the top contenders on coverage made it seem like the wind wasn't a significant factor, as they dropped big putts with regularity.
Adam Hammes, who came off a strong outing at the Memorial Championship (5th place), was indeed one of the favorites to win going into the final round as he led the event. Despite a somewhat slow start to his round, Hammes regained his lead with an ace on the short and narrow hole 8, using his preferred signature forehand shot with his trusty Glo Z Zone.
But Kyle Klein was throwing the disc too good in every facet of the game, executing putts and had an impressive 100% C1X stat to show for it.
Kyle also got some serious championship love on hole 15, as he misfired off the tee and overshot the fence, just to curl back inbounds and to stay tied up with Hammes. Extremely fortunate for Kyle. Kyle finished his round with ice in his veins, committing to every shot and seemingly eliminating any stress on the putting green, ultimately finishing with a turkey (birdie on 16, 17, and 18).
Adam Hammes was himself in perfect position on 17th fairway, as he watched Kyle tappin' in for his birdie down on 17th green. Hammes' approach fell short, leaving him with a C2 putt that he has been incredibly dialed in on to start the season (and throughout his entire career). Unfortunately, this putt only tickled the chains on the right side, sealing the win for Kyle Klein.
A huge win for Kyle Klein, and maybe he is poised to have the season many thought he would have had last year?
Congratulations to Mr. Kyle Klein
The WACO has a rich history dating back to 1996, where it was established by founders Troy Taylor and Brian McGee with the aim of raising money for local charities. Under the management of Joey Harrell, the tournament became a popular stop for touring pros. It also partnered with the Baylor Autism Resource Center under Channon Quillen, and Ryan Draper, the current TD, brought WACO back onto the national scene by partnering with Steve Dodge and the DGPT back in 2016.
Over the years, the tournament has been held at different tiers, including C-Tier, B-Tier, A-Tier, Super Tour, National Tour, and now as a DGPT event.
Waco, Texas - Brazos Park East - also known as The BEast