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Quinn wins Boise Open, Porter shares 3rd

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44-year-old Fran Quinn is the winner of the Boise Open in Idaho, a birdie at his final hole giving him narrow one shot victory over the luckless Blake Adams.

Quinn is one of the longest campaigners on the Nationwide Tour having first played an event on that tour in 1990 at the Ben Hogan Classic in Pensacola. Apart from a brief stint on the PGA Tour in the early 1990's and some time in Asia during which he won two Asian Tour events, Quinn has battled away in an attempt to gain access to the PGA Tour once again.

Quinn has also won twice on the Nationwide Tour or its equivalent in 1999 and 2000 but with only US$48,000 to his credit this season prior to this week there appeared little chance of notching his third win. Admittedly there had been improvement in recent weeks but the win could hardly be said to have been expected.

For Adams he has the consolation of knowing he is on his way to the PGA Tour in 2010 but this week he appeared likely to be rewarded for his great consistency this season. He has yet to win on the Nationwide Tour but in 2009 he has been regularly in position to do so and this week when leading by two into the final round and starting with an early birdie things appeared to be on track.

Early on it appeared as if previous winner of this event, Roger Tambellini, might be Adam's biggest threat but both Tambellini and Adams struggled early in the back nine before Quinn stole the title with birdies at the 16th and 18th holes.

Adam's runner up finish has moved him to second place on the Nationwide Tour money list behind Michael Sim and all that without a win.

Sydney golfer Ewan Porter, who has returned to the Nationwide Tour to play just his 7th event of the season produced a brilliant final round of 65 to finish in a share of third position. Porter started the final round more than three hours ahead of the final group and sat and waited as the field came back to him.

With just US$1,168 in earnings this season, this is a great boost for the talented 27-year-old who 20 months ago won the Moonah Classic by a massive seven shot margin. Porter has had his struggles since but his effort this week further highlights the talent he possesses.

Porter has a start at the US$5 million Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews in two weeks time and this is a great confidence boost as he takes his game to Scotland.

B.J. Staten tied for third with Porter.

The next best of the Australasians was New Zealander Bradley Iles who finished in a share of 5th place, Monday qualifier Steven Bowditch was 9th along with Andrew Buckle, Won Joon Lee was 17th, Cameron Percy 28th and Gavin Coles 33rd.

Buckle's recent improvement has him inside the all important top 25 currently in 24th position.

The Nationwide Tour will now play the WNB Classic in Midland in Texas.

Michael Sim (1st), Cameron Percy (12th), Alistair Presnell (20th), Andrew Buckle (24th) and Gavin Coles (25th) are the Australians currently inside that category with now just five events to play on this year's Nationwide Tour schedule.

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