PORT ST. LUCIE – Dylan Newman made clutch putts on the 16th and 17th holes Tuesday and watched as Zac Oakley’s 18-footer lipped out at the 18th hole, enabling Newman to win Event No. 1 in the PGA Tournament Series at PGA Golf Club.
Newman of Greenwich, Ct., birdied the 17th hole on the Dye Course to take his only lead of the day, finishing with a par and a 3-under 69 for a 141 total. It was his first win in a PGA Tournament Series event.
“It was very tense. I knew it was coming down to the wire,” said Newman, a PGA Assistant Professional at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. “It’s been tough to get over the finish line.”
Oakley (73-142), who started the day with a two-shot lead, said he didn’t know his putt at No. 18 was for the tie. He thought he trailed by two.
“I hit a good putt with good speed. I thought it was in,” said Oakley, a PGA Assistant Professional at Bidermann Golf Club in Wilmington, Del. “I can’t be upset.”
Newman played his last 11 holes in 3-under to overcome a five-shot deficit and earn the $5,000 first prize.
“It was hard to make birdies, so I just kept trying to make pars,” Newman said. “This was a long time coming.”
Oakley was trying to win his third PGA Tournament Series title. Oakley made a costly double bogey on the 10th hole
Rich Berberian Jr. shot a 6-under 66 – by three shots the best score of the week – to finish third at even par 144.
Shaun Powers (70) of Pittsfield, Mass., and Casey Pyne (73) of Bloomington, Ill., tied for fourth at 145.
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