Gronberg wins Nationwide Tour event

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MITCHELLVILLE, Md. (AP) — Sweden's Mathias Gronberg won the rain-delayed Melwood Prince George's County Open on Sunday for his first official U.S. victory, closing with two bogey-free rounds to beat Robert Damron and Justin Bolli by six strokes.

The 39-year-old Gronberg, a four-time winner on the PGA European Tour, shot a 5-under 67 in the third round in the morning, then added a 7-under 65 for a tournament-record 19-under 269 total in the Nationwide Tour event at The Country Club at Woodmore.

``I started today five shots behind the leader,'' Gronberg said. ``You need 36 holes to play well, to kind of squeeze by, and that's what happened.

``I got very hot at times today, especially in the final round. There were a couple of stretches where I played very, very good golf.''

Gronberg was set to play in a U.S. Open sectional qualifier Monday in New York before heading to Tennessee for the PGA Tour's St. Jude Classic.

``When you're playing well, you want too keep playing,'' said Gronberg, who tied for 11th last month in the PGA Tour's Texas Open. ``Obviously, it's easy to say now, but I don't feel that tired. Hopefully, I'll feel just as good and as happy as I was today.''

Making only his second Nationwide Tour start of the year, Gronberg earned $121,500. Damron finished with a 67, and Bolli had a 70.

Mexico's Esteban Toledo (66) was fourth at 12 under, and Tom Scherrer (72) and Sweden's Oskar Bergman (73) followed at 11 under.

Michael Sim, a two-time winner this year, shot a 73 to tie for 10th at 9 under. The Australian is a victory away from an in-season promotion to the PGA Tour. He earned $17,550 to increase his tour-leading total to $388,067.

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