Lamely wins Nationwide Tour event
COLUMBUS, Ohio(AP) Derek Lamely won the Nationwide Childrens Hospital Invitational on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, beating Oklahoma State star Rickie Fowler with a par on the second hole of a playoff.
Lamely, making his 10th Nationwide start, closed with a 6-under 65 in windy conditions on Ohio State University's Scarlet Course to match Fowler at 11-under 273.
Fowler, attempting to join 2007 champion Daniel Summerhays as the only amateur winners in tour history, shot a 68, bogeying the final hole of regulation.
The 29-year-old Lamely earned $139,500 to jump from 135th to 12th on the money list with $154,826. The top 25 at the end of the season will earn 2010 PGA Tour cards.
``My goal is still the same,'' Lamely said. ``The goal still is to get on the big tour. It's the same goal I've had forever. I just helped myself significantly today.''
Tom Gillis (71), third-round leader Dave Schultz (77) and Gavin Coles (74) tied for third, four strokes back at 7 under.
Lamely and Fowler both parred the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th.
On the 164-yard 13th on the second extra hole, Fowler's tee shot found a front bunker, while Lamely missed long and left in the heavy rough. The winner's delicate downhill wedge from a gnarly lie stopped 3 feet from the cup.
``A year ago I might not have even gotten that one on the green,'' Lamely said. ``I might have gotten it on the green, but it definitely wouldn't have been 3 feet.''
Fowler blasted his second shot 12 feet past the hole and his par attempt slid over the right corner of the cup. Lamely then tapped in for the win.
``I hit some really good putts there at the end and they just didn't go in,'' Fowler said. ``I was giving myself good looks all day. I struggled a little bit coming in and thought I hit some good shots there on 18.''
Lamely was eight strokes behind Schultz when play began Sunday.
``Obviously, I needed some help, starting as far back as I did,'' said Lamely, who grew up playing in windy conditions in Lake Conroe, Texas.
``The best part of the day was when we got to the course. The wind was already blowing so I thought I had a chance. I knew I had to go out and play well obviously. I went out and hit a lot of really good golf shots. I drove it better today than I have all week and I took advantage of that.''
Oklahoma State's Morgan Hoffman, the winner of the Phil Mickelson Award as the top Division I player, closed with a 70 to tie for eighth at 5 under.