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Ryan Palmer overcomes penalty to claim title

Ryan Palmer emerged victorious after an exciting and dramatic end to a rain-interrupted Ginn Sur Mer Classic in Florida on Sunday.

Twice play was suspended because of wet weather on the last day of the tournament and before the final restart a massive seven players were tied on six-under and eyeing a potential multiple player playoff.

George McNeill and Nicholas Thompson were in the clubhouse, with Palmer, Vaughan Taylor, Robert Allenby, Michael Letzig and Mark Wilson all on the same score with one or more holes left to play.

In the end, Palmer held his nerve to birdie the 18th and finish a stoke clear of six players, in doing so securing his Tour card for the nest two years.

Letzig had a chance to force a playoff with Palmer but did not get the putt he wanted at the last, eventually settling for par and a share for second. His failure to get a birdie all day in a one-over 73 was ultimately what cost him.

McNeill, Thompson, Taylor and Ken Duke did all finish on six-under at the end of play. McNeill had pulled off a stunning finish to his regulation 18, making light of a start to the day that saw him suffer two bogeys and no birdies in his opening eight. Birdies then arrived at the ninth and tenth before three more in his final three holes saw him to six-under.

Thompson similarly birdied the 18th as part of a three-under 69 that included six birdies in all, while Taylor played a flawless round, his two birdies enough for his share of second. But it could have been so different as he was just awry for birdie at the last.

Allenby was the highest-finishing non American. The Australian player sank his third birdie at the 16th before the second rain stoppage, but ended up horribly placed in the sand on the 18th and eventually bogeyed to finish on five-under, alongside Troy Matteson, Brian Gay, John Huston and Tom Scherrer.

Wilson ended on -4 along with the highest-placed European in Sweden’s Jesper Parnevik, JJ Henry, Peter Lonard, Bob Estes and Chad Collins.



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