Monday, September 28, 2009

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Garrett Willis won the WNB Golf Classic on Sunday to lock up a spot next year on the PGA Tour, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Chad Collins at Midland Country Club.

Willis finished at 20-under 268 after opening with rounds of 64, 69 and 67. He earned $94,500 to jump from 19th to sixth on the money list with $261,506, with the final top 25 earning 2010 PGA Tour cards.

``It's an almost surreal feeling,'' Willis said. ``I was kind of expecting this grand explosion of emotion and I suppose that will come at some point. This is our job and what we set out to do each year.''

Collins shot a 62. He birdied 10 of the first 15 holes, then closed with three pars. Darron Stiles and Jin Park had 66s to tie for third at 17 under.

The 35-year-old Willis won the 2001 Tucson Open in his first start on the PGA Tour and also won the Nationwide Tour's 2005 Utah Classic.

``I really didn't think my nerves were too bad today,'' he said. ``Usually I can get pretty jumpy but I just tried to stay calm, walk slow and talk slow. I was pretty calm out there, especially for me.''

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