Immelman wins first Web.Com Final
BY Bruce Young | Web.com Tour | 2013 Hotel Fitness Championship | Wrap | 02 Sep 2013
South African Trevor Immelman, the Masters Champion from 2008, has made a great start in his quest to regain PGA Tour status by winning the opening event of the FedEx Cup Finals, the Hotel Fitness Classic in Fort Wayne in Indiana.
It takes Immelman to the top of the money list race for one of the 25 remaining places from the four event final series and all but assures him of one of those cards.
After missing six consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour before a late season improvement, 33 year old Immelman contended for much of this week and was locked in a battle for much of today’s final round with 54 hole leader, Patrick Cantlay, before a birdie at the final hole gave him the victory.
Immelman started the final round five behind 21 year old Cantlay, who earlier this season had won the Colombia Championship before a back problem kept him out of tournament golf for three months. Cantlay effectively blew his chance of winning the event by dropping three shots during the middle of his round.
Scott Gardiner, who played his first season on the PGA Tour this year and is playing for one of the twenty five available cards during the four week final series, finished strongly today and grabbed a share of 3rd. Because the other player who tied for third, Kevin Kisner, already has a guaranteed card via the Web.Com Tour money list Gardiner is now in 4th position but well placed to earn a card that would return him to the PGA Tour.
Alistair Presnell and Adam Crawford finished tied for 11th, Nick O’Hern 24th, Cameron Percy 30th, Mathew Goggin 32nd, Rod Pampling 43rd and Nick Flanagan 60th.
The Final Series now moves to Davidson in North Carolina for the Chiquita Classic.