Morgan Deneen of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had a couple reasons to smile Friday.
Not only did Deneen win Event No. 6 of the PGA Tournament Series at PGA Golf Club, he beat red-hot Jake Scott with a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to claim the trophy. Scott of Strongsville, Ohio, was trying to win his second consecutive event and third in the last three weeks, but he bogeyed the 18th hole to force the playoff.
“I had a free run at the putt after Jake made a par, and I was able to hammer it home,” said Deneen, a PGA Assistant Professional at Dunes Golf & Beach Club. “I was ready to get in the shower until I saw Jake bogey the 18th. I was pretty comfortable in the playoff because I have a good record in playoffs.
“Jake couldn’t have been a kinder guy. I only played one hole with him, but he was very welcoming and made me feel comfortable.”
Deneen birdied four of his last seven holes on the Wanamaker Course to earn a share of the lead after a 5-under 67 moved him to 7-under 137. Scott responded with birdies at 15 and 16 to regain the lead before his final-hole bogey.
“Nothing went my way until I chipped in at 8,” Deneen said. “I started hitting the ball decently on the back (nine). I got a little hot with my wedges and I was able to post a good number.”
It was Deneen’s second victory as a professional. The 25-year-old won this year’s Carolinas PGA Professional Championship.
Scott had one of the best PGA Tournament Series showings ever. He finished with two wins, a pair of seconds, a third and a fifth. He was the leading money winner with $19,932.
Dylan Newman of New Rochelle, New York, who won the money title the last two years, shot 68 and tied for third place with Omar Uresti (71) of Austin, Texas, at 6-under 138. Greg O’Mahony (69) of Stuart and Jupiter’s Brett Walker (73), who held the first-round lead, tied for fifth at 5-under 139.
Zac Oakley of Palm City, Florida, who won Events No. 3 and No. 4, tied for 13th place.
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