Australia's Gavin Coles wins Nationwide Tour's Louisiana Open

BROUSSARD, La. (AP) — Australia's Gavin Coles won the Louisiana Open on Sunday for his fourth career Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 1-under 70 in windy conditions for a one-stroke victory over Kyle Thompson.

Coles had a 12-under 272 total on the Le Triomphe Country Club course and earned $94,500. After playing the first eight holes in 1 under with three birdies and two bogeys, he parred the final 10 holes.

"I walked on the 10th tee and I knew I wasn't playing that good," Coles said. "I knew I needed to suck it up. I just had to play the best nine holes that I could to get the job done. I'm just glad no one was making birdies.

"It was tough out there. You've got to control your golf ball when it's firm and fast like this ... and that's the way I like it."

The 39-year-old Coles, one of the tour's shortest players at 5-foot-4, also won the 2002 Jacob's Creek Open and 2004 New Zealand PGA, both co-sanctioned with Australasian tour, and the 2006 Legend Financial Group Classic.

"I have conditional status on the PGA Tour, so we'll see what happens," said Coles, who finished 147th on the PGA Tour money list in 2007. "This is a good start this early in the year ... to be able to get back to the PGA Tour (full-time). I haven't sat down and thought about where I'm going to play."

Thompson shot a 65 to take the $56,700 second-place check.

Michael Letzig (64), Brendon De Jonge (67) and Greg Owen (68) tied for third at 10 under, and Ryan Palmer (67) was another stroke back.

The start of play was delayed for 75 minutes because of thunderstorms that gave way to cloudy conditions and temperatures in high 70s.

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