Turnesa claims another rookie victory

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open | Round Four | 20 Oct 2008

Marc Turnesa provided yet another rookie winner on the 2008 USPGA Tour when, despite a bogey at his final hole of the day, he defeated a large chasing pack at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children in Las Vegas.

Turnesa continued what has been a rollercoaster ride for much of this year in fact he had made only two of his last eight cuts before this week’s career altering victory.

One of those cuts made in that stretch however was when he finished runner up at the Viking Classic and with the benefit of that experience behind him he was able to control the situation much better this week.

A double bogey late in the Viking Classic cost him a chance for his first win that week but fortunately he did not have to wait much longer.

October seems to be a good month for Turnesa as it was at the Nationwide Tour’s Miccosukee Championship at around this time last year where he won the event that got him to this year’s PGA Tour. This week’s victory was made even more impressive by the fact that he led or shared the lead from his opening round of 62.

There were many hard luck stories over the closing stages of the event with as many as 12 players in with a genuine chance to win the tournament with nine holes to play. After a slow start to his final round in this low scoring event, Turnesa powered home over the closing nine holes and had the luxury of being able to take bogey at the last and still win.

Matt Kuchar chased hard for much of the tournament but two double bogeys in yesterday’s third round were the difference between winning and not this week. After seven consecutive missed cuts leading into this week however, Kuchar will be delighted to have done as well as he has.

Chad Campbell, John Mallinger and veteran Michael Allen finish in a share of third.

The best of the Australasians were Mathew Goggin, Jason Day and Mark Hensby who all finished in a share of 24th at 17 under and eight shots behind the winner. Tim Wilkinson was 43rd, Peter Lonard 58th, Matt Jones, 65th and Nick Flanagan 67th.

The PGA Tour travels to Scottsdale in Arizona for this week’s Frys.com event in Arizona before the final two events of the season in Florida.

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