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Zachary Olsen wins Southern Amateur with birdie on first hole of playoff

Zachary Olsen won the 107th Southern Amateur on Saturday, birdieing the final hole of regulation and the first hole of a playoff.

Olsen, the 19-year-old Cordova, Tenn., player who will be a freshman at Oklahoma State, made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th to get into the playoff with Joey Garber and Sam Love, then won with a 20-footer.

"It was pretty awesome, making two big putts on the last two holes to win," Olsen said. "But I love playoffs."

Olsen closed with a 1-under 71 to match Garber and Love at 12-under 276 on the Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods. Garber, a Georgia senior from Petoskey, Mich., shot a 69, and Love, a senior at Alabama Birmingham from Trussville, Ala., had a 66.

Olsen received a spot next year in the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

"Getting that spot is great, but right now winning this is more important," Olsen said. "This is the biggest win I had."