Omar Uresti had an “oh, my” finish Tuesday.
Uresti birdied the last two holes to win Event No. 1 of the PGA Tournament Series by two shots at PGA Golf Club. Uresti fired a 4-under 67 on the Ryder Course to finish at 8-under 134 and earn the $5,000 first-place prize.
Uresti trailed Rob Labritz by a stroke when he stepped on the 17th tee, but he birdied the par-5 with a sand wedge to 2 feet and made another birdie at the par-4 18th after he hit a 9-iron to 10 feet.
“I gave a fist pump when I made that putt at 18 because I knew where I stood and I knew that would probably get me over the hump,” said Uresti, a PGA Life Member from Austin, Texas who won the 32nd Senior PGA Professional Championship in October
“I’ve done that (birdie the last two holes) to win a couple of times in my career. It definitely helped that we went to (live) electronic scoring this year because I knew exactly where I stood.”
Uresti’s birdie moved him one shot ahead of Labritz, who bogeyed the final hole for a 70. Labritz, the PGA Director of Golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y., finished tied for second at 6-under 136 with Jeffrey Schmid of Iowa City, Iowa, and Matt Borchert (69) of Winter Garden, Fla. Schmid shot the low round of the tournament, a 6-under 65.
Six players tied for fifth place at 5-under 137: Shawn Warren (67) of Falmouth, Maine, Dan Olsen (68) of Jacksonville, Tyler Collet (69) of Vero Beach, Rod Perry (69) of Port Orange, Greg Koch (71) of Orlando and Andrew Storm (70) of Omaha, Nebraska.
Labritz and Koch were tied for the lead after first-round 66s on Monday. Labritz would have had the lead alone if not for a double bogey on the par-4 18th hole.
Labritz got those two shots back at the par-5 fourth hole Tuesday when he eagled it for the second consecutive day. He was 8-under at the turn, but played the back nine in 2-over.
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