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DJ Trahan claims maiden PGA Tour title

D.J. Trahan wasn't happy with his putting Sunday until he got to a playoff in the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

After finishing regulation with a par to force the playoff with Joe Durant, Trahan put on an overtime putting clinic, birdieing the par-5 18th three straight times in sudden death to win his first PGA Tour title.

"Nothing really changed to be honest with you," Trahan said. "I was stroking the ball the same. I made the putts on 17 and I made the putts in the playoffs. I didn't feel like I was stroking it any different or my mentality with the putter was any different. But fortunately for me those putts were going in, unlike the ones earlier in the day."

Trahan won with a 5-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole after closing with a 1-under 71 to match Durant (66) at 13-under 275 on the Annandale Golf Club course. Trahan holed the winning putt after Durant missed a 5-footer of his own.

"I just pulled it a little bit," Durant said. "It was a left-edge putt, and I just got it outside of the hole and it didn't come back."

Trahan, the second-year tour player who led after each of the first three rounds, earned $540,000 and a two-year PGA Tour exemption. He entered the week 142nd on the money list with $474,242.

The 25-year-old former Clemson star started play Sunday with a two-stroke lead, and offset two bogeys on the front nine with an eagle on No. 5.

Then, after spending most of the day dueling with third-place finisher Lee Janzen, Trahan saw Durant slip into the mix. Durant, who shot a 74 on Saturday, shook off two bogeys with eight birdies, the last two on Nos. 16 and 18.

"It's more frustration when you are hitting good putts and they are not going in," Trahan said. "It's one of those things where you have to suck it up and dig deep and say, `Don't let this get away from me."'

Trahan is the second player to win the tournament wire-to-wire and the first to go wire-to-wire to win his first tour title since Tim Herron in the 1996 Honda Classic.

Janzen, a two-time U.S. Open winner, closed with a 70.

He's playing on a one-time tour exemption based on his position in the top 50 on the career money list. He finished out of the top 125 last year for the first time since joining the tour in 1990 and with four events left is in danger of missing it again this year. That would cost him his tour exemption, meaning he would have to return to qualifying school or rely on sponsor's exemptions.

After missing 15 cuts in 23 tournaments, the 42-year-old Janzen entered the week 202nd on the money list with $142,842. His $204,000 payday moved him to 168th.

Janzen stayed near the top all day, making it a three-way tie on No. 12, only to be done in by a bogey on 17 when he went into the water.

Still Janzen, who has been working to change his swing, said it was a good tournament for him.

"I had a lot more peace on the golf course this week because I wasn't worried about my position anymore on the money list, or was I going to keep my card, or what I had to do to keep my card," Janzen said. "I totally forgot about all of that. My main goal out there was to execute one shot at a time."

J.P. Hayes (68) finished fourth at 11 under.

 

 




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