Dave McNabb, head pro at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, fired a 3-under-par 69 Wednesday to force a playoff against Omar Uresti in the PGA Professional Championship at Sunriver, Ore., but lost on the second sudden-death hole.
McNabb found a greenside bunker with his second shot on the par-4 hole, blasted out to 10 feet but missed his par putt. Uresti, who overshot the green with his approach, chipped up to 2 feet and made the putt for a par and the $50,000 first prize.
McNabb, 51, of Newark, Del., finished 72 holes at 4-under 283. Uresti, 48, a former PGA Tour player from Austin, Texas, also fired a 69 to tie McNabb, who finished before he did.
Despite the loss, McNabb, who made a 7-foot par putt on the first playoff hole to stay alive, qualified for his third PGA Championship. The year's final major will be played in August at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.
McNabb, who began the final round six strokes out of the lead, surged with three birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine to take the lead at 5-under par. But he bogeyed the tough par-4 17th when his second shot rolled over the green, and his uphill chip rolled back down the hill toward him.
He putted the 18th from 30 feet to be the first to post 4-under for the tournament.
McNabb will be playing in his third PGA Championship. He competed in 2013 at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y., and in 2014 at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky.
Mark Sheftic of Merion, the only other Philadelphia Section PGA professional to make the 54-hole cut, closed with a 75 and tied for 51st at 295.