Mark Brown proved that his "A" game still is good enough to beat anyone in the area as he made two birdies near the end of regulation and won a three-hole playoff to earn the Met Open championship Thursday at Old Westbury Golf & Country Club.
Brown, the head pro at Tam O'Shanter Club in Brookville, became a two-time winner of the prestigious event, matching his victory in 1999. He birdied the 16th and 17th holes and endured a bogey on No. 18 to shoot 2-under-par 69 in the last of three rounds.
Amateur Cameron Wilson, who plays for Stanford, saved par out of a deep bunker on No. 18 to force a playoff, but Brown went 2 under in the extra holes and won by three strokes.
The $27,500 first prize represented the latest big achievement for Brown, 46, who also has won the New York State and Long Island Opens. It also represented a huge comeback from the recent PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club outside of Rochester.
Brown qualified for that major championship for a fifth time but missed the cut. At the time, Brown said, "I didn't have my 'C' game here this week. When you come to a major, you've got to have your 'A' game."