Tyler Aldridge wins inaugural Greater Dallas Open

Jun 7, 2015, 5:54 PM

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.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Penguin Air

Golf

J.T. Poston of the United States lines up a putt on the 14th green during the third round of the Jo...
Associated Press

J.T. Poston eagles 17th hole to take 3-shot lead at John Deere Classic

J.T. Poston made up for two bogeys with an eagle on the 17th hole to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the John Deere Classic.
4 days ago
J.T. Poston of the United States plays a shot on the first hole during the second round of the John...
Associated Press

J.T. Poston takes 4-stroke lead into weekend at PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic

J.T. Poston took a four-stroke lead into the weekend in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic following an opening 9-under 62 with a 65 on Friday.
5 days ago
Morgan Hoffmann of the United States plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of t...
Haboob Blog

Morgan Hoffmann’s golf ball ricochets off his hat at John Deere Classic

It doesn't matter what your skill level is, sometimes things just don't go your way on the golf course. Just ask Morgan Hoffmann.
5 days ago
Phil Mickelson of the United States waits to play his tee shot on the 16th hole during the final ro...
Associated Press

LIV Golf faces hurdles in applying for world ranking points

The OWGR handbook says the board can admit or reject any new tour regardless of compliance and change criteria at its discretion.
8 days ago
Matthew Wolff reacts after a shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the Travelers Champio...
Associated Press

Matthew Wolff, Ortiz among the latest to join Saudi-backed LIV Golf

The Saudi-funded LIV Golf series has added 23-year-old Matthew Wolff and Oklahoma State's Eugenio Chacarra of Spain.
9 days ago
Phil Mickelson of the United States , second left, waits to play his tee shot on the 16th hole duri...
Associated Press

British Open allows golfers from Saudi-backed series to play

Players who have joined LIV Golf will still be allowed to compete at the British Open next month, organizers said on Wednesday.
14 days ago
Tyler Aldridge wins inaugural Greater Dallas Open