PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) - Ryan Palmer has won the Ginn sur Mer
Classic, making a 10-foot birdie on the 18th hole Sunday to break
out of a six-way tie for the lead and earn a two-year exemption on
the PGA Tour.
Palmer, who was at No. 143 on the money list with two
tournaments remaining, had to call a penalty on himself and made
bogey on the 10th hole, then took double bogey on the next hole
with a tee shot into the water.
But he rebounded with a birdie he desperately needed on the
final hole at Ginn Ocean Hammock Resort for his second career
Michael Letzig, the 54-hole leader, needed a birdie on the par-5
18th to force a playoff. But his wedge spun 35 feet down the slope
and he had to settle for par and a 73 to finish one shot behind.
Also tying for second were George McNeill, Nicholas Thompson,
Ken Duke and Vaughn Taylor, who was at No. 129 on the money list
and earned enough to secure his card for next year.
The final tournament next week is at Disney, and the top 125
keep full privileges for 2009.