Chesson Hadley won the Web.com Tour Championship, while John Peterson won a trip back to the TPC Sawgrass to play in a far bigger tournament.
Lee Williams felt like the biggest winner of them all Sunday at Dye’s Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Needing a birdie on the 18th hole to have any chance of a PGA Tour card, Williams rapped a 55-foot birdie putt over the ridge and into the cup for a 69.
Olympia’s Andres Gonzales, playing in the same group, gave him a high-five and then missed a 12-foot birdie putt that would have knocked Williams out of the top 25 from the four-tournament money list that determines tour cards for next season.
“I knew what I had to do. There was no uncertainty in the moment,” Williams said. “When you know what you have to do, it almost calms you down a little bit.”
The last hope for Gonzales was for Andrew Loupe to make bogey on the final hole. Loupe ran his birdie attempt 5 feet past the hole, and made the par coming back to join Peterson, his teammate at LSU, on the PGA Tour next month.
Gonzales said in a TV interview that he wouldn’t root against Loupe and that he would find places to play next season.
Money mattered more than a score.
Hadley started the final round one shot behind Scott Gardiner, who took a double bogey on the fourth hole with a double hit and never caught up. Hadley closed with a 69 for his second Web.com Tour win of the year. He finished No. 4 on the money list, so his card already was safe.
“This is incredible,” he said. “I was just trying to not puke on myself on the way in, even though I tried. This course is brutal and I’m glad I was able to conquer it.”
Just like Q-school, there were plenty of meltdowns.
University Place resident Andrew Putnam, whose older brother won the Web.com Tour money list in the regular season, was in fourth place and two shots out of the lead going into the final round. He only needed to finish about 13th to get his card. Instead, he took triple bogey on the eighth hole on his way to a 75 and tied for 24th.
Moses Lake native Kirk Triplett successfully defended his First Tee Open title at Pebble Beach, Calif., closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Doug Garwood and Dan Forsman, who both shot 69.
Three strokes behind leader Tom Lehman entering the round, Triplett finished at 11-under 205 for his second career Champions Tour title. Last year, the three-time PGA Tour winner overcame a four-shot deficit.
England’s David Howell ended a seven-year victory drought with a playoff victory over American Peter Uihlein in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Howell finished with a 5-under 67 on the Old Course at St. Andrew, Scotland, then beat Uihlein, who won the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay, with a 12-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole. … Canada’s Lorie Kane won the Legends Championship, closing with an even-par 72 for a two-stroke victory over Val Skinner and Laurie Rinker in French Lick, Ind. … Spain’s Azahara Munoz won the Ladies French Open by a stroke at Chantaco in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France.
Tracking locals at Web.com Tour finale
Last week: Web.com Tour Championship, Thursday through Sunday, Dye’s Valley Course, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
In the field: University Place’s Michael and Andrew Putnam, and Olympia’s Andres Gonzales.
Fourth-round scores: Gonzales shot a 1-under-par 69; Michael Putnam shot 4-over 74; Andrew Putnam shot 5-over 75.
Position: Position: Gonzales (6-under 274) tied for eighth, Andrew Putnam (3-under 277) tied for 24th and Michael Putnam (6-over 286) tied for 62nd – all behind winner Chesson Hadley (10-under 270).
Web.com playoffs finish (top 50 get 2014 PGA Tour cards): Gonzales finished 51st and Andrew Putnam finished 69th. Michael Putnam was guaranteed to finish No. 1 after winning the regular-season money title.
Recap: It might be a quiet this week around the clubhouse at Tacoma Country and Golf Club after Gonzales and Andrew Putnam suffered heart-breaking outcomes Sunday. Putnam started in fourth place, bogeyed two of the first three holes – and was never heard from again after a triple bogey at No. 7. … Gonzales’ fate came down to the wire. He made a 6-foot putt at No. 12 to get to 2 under. But he bogeyed the 15th, and had a 13-footer for birdie on the finishing hole. It was on line but short. Gonzales’ last gasp was Andrew Loupe’s finish. To get in the top 50, Gonzales needed Loupe to bogey No. 18. That did not happen – Loupe sank a 4-footer for firstname.lastname@example.org