Kaylor Steger | West Florida Golf Tour | 2020 Winter Tour Championship winner

Kaylor Steger | West Florida Golf Tour | 2020 Winter Tour Championship winner

Kaylor Steger beat an approaching storm and recorded his second professional victory Monday in Sarasota, Fla., by winning a sudden-death playoff on the fifth extra hole.

But the Sturtevant golfer would never have emerged from the West Florida Golf Tour's Winter Season Tour Championship with the $2,000 winner's check had he not done what he did on the first extra hole of the four-player shootout.

"I hit the worst of the four shots into the green (and) I was about 25 feet from the hole," Steger wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf. "And one of the guys, and my good friend, Mike Visacki, has a 4-footer for birdie straight up the hill. (I) knew I needed to make it, (so I) took a deep breath, stepped over the ball and just let it flow. I knew it was in the second I hit it."

That proved to be the defining moment of a playoff made possible by his 6-under-par 66 that left him tied atop the leaderboard with Visacki, the WFGT's career money-winner; Mike Andre, and James Leadbetter. For Steger, the 2014 WIAA Division 1 state champion at Oak Creek, his victory marked just the sixth time in 21 of the one-day events this winter he cashed a check.

"It means a lot to me, especially after struggling in the spring trying to come back from a wrist injury," wrote Steger, 24, whose only other professional victory came last April in a Heritage Oak Series Tournament, also in Sarasota, where — as he did Monday — he also made seven birdies and one bogey.

"It should help give me a lot of confidence moving forward."

Steger was teeming with confidence at the start of his round Monday.

The lefty opened with a birdie and then, after back-to-back pars, rattled off four birdies in a row to get to 5-under. He gave one shot back with a bogey at No. 9 and made seven pars around birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 to gain the playoff.

"I was feeling it on the front nine, really had it going, (and then) went into a little bit of lull in the middle there but made a couple birdies on the back," Steger wrote. "(I didn't do anything) special coming down the stretch but I did have a 10-footer for par on 18, which I knew I needed to make to have a chance at getting in a playoff."

After the clutch birdie at No. 1, eliminating Andre, the three remaining golfers made pars at Nos. 2 and 3. Steger and Visacki both birdied No. 4, eliminating Leadbetter, before the playoff ended on No. 5 as the sky began to get dark.

"Going to (No.) 5, the tour director Christian (Bartolacci) said it would be our last hole because a storm was coming fast," Steger wrote. "We could see it and hear it. I hit the green to about 30 feet and ... Mike made a mistake and hit it over the green on a back hole location. He chipped it to about 5 feet, but lipped it out and I two-putted for par for the win."

For Steger, he's not sure what the immediate future holds. He was entered in Mackenzie Tour/PGA Tour-Canada Qualifying School, but that was canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic and he hasn't heard what the prospects are for playing opportunities north of the border during the current calendar year.

"I'm just waiting to hear back from them," Steger wrote. "Otherwise, I'm just going to keep working on the game and playing some mini-tour events and State Opens."

 Pos   Today ThruTo ParR1TotalAmount
1Kaylor StegerSturtevant, WI-6 18-66666$2,000.00
2James LeadbetterChampions Gate, FL-6 18-66666$816.67
2Mike AndreFort Myers, FL-6 18-66666$816.67
2Michael VisackiSarasota, FL-6 18-66666$816.67
5Jared KobrenSarasota, FL-3 18-36969$441.43
5Ryan CelanoNaples, FL-3 18-36969$441.43
5Jordan MillerBradenton, FL-3 18-36969$441.43
5Daniel ChopraOrlando, FL-3 18-36969$441.43
5Domenico GeminianiLugo, ITA-3 18-36969$441.43
5Matt HutchinsNaples, FL-3 18-36969$441.43
5Daniel RobinsonSeminole, FL-3 18-36969$441.43
12Gray BarnesStormville, NY-2 18-27070$170.00
12M.J. MaguireSt. Petersburg, FL-2 18-27070$170.00
12Cole MillerTampa, FL-2 18-27070$170.00
12Jazz JanewattananondBangkok, THA-2 18-27070$170.00
12a-Carl Santos-OcampoNaples, FL-2 18-27070$170.00
12Jake MarriottNaples, FL-2 18-27070$170.00
12Jack KorzonDowners Grove, IL-2 18-27070$170.00
19Charles WangBradenton, FL-1 18-17171 
19Dominic FormatoFlushing, NY-1 18-17171 
19Sean KellyStaten Island, NY-1 18-17171 
22Sean JacklinBradenton, FLEven 18Even7272 
22a-Kelvin SiMacau, MACEven 18Even7272 
22Tim RosenhouseDix Hills, NYEven 18Even7272 
22a-Michael BellBradenton, FLEven 18Even7272 
22a-Jackson SuberTampa, FLEven 18Even7272 
27a-Tony ChenBradenton, FL+1 18+17373 
27Kyle RodesPlymouth, MI+1 18+17373 
27a-Tyler CarlsonBradenton, FL+1 18+17373 
27Michael ColgateSarasota, FL+1 18+17373 
27a-Jet ChenBradenton, FL+1 18+17373 
27a-Jason HuHong Kong, CHN+1 18+17373 
27a-Devin HernandezSeminole, FL+1 18+17373 
27Patrick WilliamsToronto, CAN+1 18+17373 
27a-Alex LongLakewood Ranch, FL+1 18+17373 
27a-Beni LongLakewood Ranch, FL+1 18+17373 
27Cody MontgomeryBrooksville, FL+1 18+17373 
38James WhatmoreBradenton, FL+2 18+27474 
38Stephen StallingsLouisville, KY+2 18+27474 
38Andrew WilkinsonRochelle, IL+2 18+27474 
38Eamonn McLoughlinMarco Island, FL+2 18+27474 
38a-William MasuhrBradenton, FL+2 18+27474 
43Stephen ArnoldLanghorne, PA+3 18+37575 
43a-Carson EnrightSarasota, FL+3 18+37575 
43a-Jon MolesFrederick, MD+3 18+37575 
43Benjamin HamClearwater, FL+3 18+37575 
43a-Sam RogersSebring, FL+3 18+37575 
43Ricky PalonisManhattan, IL+3 18+37575 
49a-Jiarong LiuHohhot, CHN+4 18+47676 
49Scott CashellColumbus, OH+4 18+47676 
49a-Brent FredericksenStaten Island, NY+4 18+47676 
49a-Shawn TsaiTampa, FL+4 18+47676 
49a-Gregory SolhaugStavern, NOR+4 18+47676 
54a-Kymer LiBradenton, FL+5 18+57777 
54a-Remec CarlsonBradenton, FL+5 18+57777 
54David NotoSanta Rosa Beach, FL+5 18+57777 
54Jake DalyCincinnati, OH+5 18+57777 
54Samuel ChavezBradenton, FL+5 18+57777 
59Ben McLochlinLakewood Ranch, FL+6 18+67878 
59a-William ThomsonNaples, Fl+6 18+67878 
61a-Frank BellinoSarasota, FL+7 18+77979 
61Zach MahanMedford, MA+7 18+77979 
61a-Ryan KinkeadLakewood Ranch, FL+7 18+77979 
64a-Alexander BuryTampa, FL+8 18+88080 
65a-J.T. BarkerBethlehem, PA+9 18+98181 
66a-Alan KlenorLongboat Key, FL+10 18+108282 
67a-Noah ConeBradenton, FL+13 18+138585 
67a-Muhammad SatiMedan, IND+13 18+138585 
69a-Louie LiuBradenton, FL+15 18+158787 
69Jesse LockePalm Harbor, FL+15 18+158787 
71Willie Mack IIIFlint, MINS 1NS NS 
72a-Matt HeuermanNaples, FLWD 1WD WD 
72Charles BeauregardNaples, FLWD 1WD WD 
72Ryoto FuruyaTampa, FLWD 1WD WD 

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