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Hot front nine boosts Sullivan to PGA's national crown

PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb (left) congratulated 2007 champion Chip Sulllivan at the trophy presentation Sunday. (Photo: The PGA of America)

Chip Sullivan of the Ashley Plantation in Daleville, Va., roared out to a 32 on the front nine Sunday to rocket into the lead, then cruised down the back nine to an easy victory. Ryan Benzel and past champion Mike Small tied for second.

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Sullivan leads 10 players onto U.S. PGA Cup team

The 2007 U.S. PGA Cup Team was finalized at the conclusion of play on Sunday. The 10 PGA Professionals who made the squad will face Great Britain-Ireland in the 22nd PGA Cup in September at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia.

Top 20 finishers at Sunriver will be living on Tulsa Time

Everyone in the field this week wanted to claim the Walter Hagen Cup. But 19 players along with champion Chip Sullivan earned a very special consolation prize -- a berth in the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in August.

Whitcomb Blog: Sullivan's victory caps amazing week

In the final edition of his blog from Sunriver, PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb says that this event will be one he remembers and cherishes the rest of his life, and that the week is one that typifies the best of the PGA of America.

Sullivan's travels take a turn for the better at Sunriver

Health issues in the last year left Chip Sullivan's competitive golf career very much in doubt. But by soaring up the leaderboard into a tie for second Saturday, the big question the Virginian now has to answer is whether he can win on Sunday.

  • Related: Check Chip Sullivan's player profile and scorecard

  • Experience is a key for two-time champion Thelen

    Having won this event in both 2000 and 2003, Tim Thelen knows what to expect in the final round Sunday. Even if he isn't playing his best, the Texan says, he believes that knowing what to expect will serve him well at crunch time.

  • Related: Check Tim Thelen's player profile and scorecard

  • Whitcomb Blog: Enjoying Saturday, anticipating Sunday

    In the latest entry of his blog, PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb reveals his grand Saturday night plans and explains that, as great as the entire week has been, the biggest excitement will come with the crowning of a new champion.

    Small and Benzel share the lead at halfway in Sunriver

    University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small and Ryan Benzel of Seattle are tied at the top after two rounds, one shot ahead of Craig Thomas. Past champs Bob Sowards, Wayne DeFrancesco and Tim Thelen are also still in the chase.

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