LEWISVILLE, Texas (AP) — Tyler Aldridge won the inaugural Greater Dallas Open on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory.
The 30-year-old Aldridge, a former Boise State player from Caldwell, Idaho, finished at 23-under 265 at The Lakes at Castle Hills. He earned $90,000 to jump from 38th to ninth on the money list with $148,713.
“Nobody’s going to hand you the tournament,” Aldridge said. “You have to go get it. … It’s hard to win a golf tournament. It’s very difficult. I felt some nerves out there, but who doesn’t? That’s what we play for.”
Brazil’s Lucas Lee and Monday qualifier Gregory Yates tied for second. Lee had a 65, and Yates shot 66.
Aldridge won in his 57th start on the tour. He opened with a 67 and had two 65s to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.
On Sunday, Aldridge made a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 12th and had five birdies and three bogeys.
“The eagle was huge,” Aldridge said. “I had that same putt on Thursday. It was about the same read and the same distance and I thought to myself that I already made this putt once, and I was fortunate to make it again.”
He hit only four of 14 fairways and 12 greens in regulation.
“I probably didn’t hit it the best,” Aldridge said. “Under the circumstances, I was probably pretty nervous. I’ve worked so hard for this moment. It’s the greatest feeling ever.”
Yates turned professional two weeks ago after finishing his college career at Texas A&M.
“I was just trying to make a paycheck,” said Yates, who earned $44,000 and got a spot next week in Ohio in the Rust-Oleum Championship. “I just played my first pro tournament a week ago on the mini-tour and made $3,000. I thought that was a pretty good check, but this one’s going to be a little bigger.”
Adam Long matched the course record with a 63 to finish fourth at 20 under.
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