Just eight players finished in red figures at the end of 72 holes at the Victoria National Golf Club in Indiana, Mexico’s Jose de Rodriguez the best of them at 6-under.
With just 21 rounds under 70 over the course of the week, the tournament was a battle of attrition with Australia’s top finisher Brett Drewitt a case in point.
Drewitt began the final round in a share of sixth place at 2-under for the week, three behind leader Maverick McNealy and, given the difficulty of scoring, a legitimate chance to win.
Opening with 74, Drewitt had clawed back four shots with back-to-back rounds of 70 but on Sunday Victoria National got the better of him.
Six bogeys and a double against three birdies added up to a 77 that saw him tumble from the top 10 to a share of 20th though he wasn’t the only player to find the going tough.
Nicholas Thompson, a former Web.com Tour winner, closed with scores of 82-84 while Australia’s Curtis Luck signed for a 79-79 weekend.
Rhein Gibson, holder of the Guinness world record for the game’s lowest 18-hole score, shot 80 on Saturday.
The emotions tell the story.April 29, 2018
Four of the six Australians who teed up in the event made the cut, which fell at 3-over, Drewitt’s 3-over comfortably the best of them at week’s end.
Jamie Arnold finished the week 10-over and T53, Gibson 12-over and T59 and Luck 66th at 17-over.
Monday qualifier Travis Smyth and former PGA Tour player Stuart Appleby both missed the cut.
54-hole leader McNealy, a former World Number One Amateur, also fell victim to the course Sunday with a 74 that dropped him to a share of third.
Rodriguez, however, had no such trouble signing for 2-under 70 that moved him from second to top spot in what was an emotional victory.
The former PGA Tour Latino America player dedicated the victory to his father ‘in the sky’ before being overcome with tears.
The win moves him to third on the money list and in prime position to graduate to the PGA Tour in 2019.
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