Gronberg closes long weekend with big win in Maryland|
Mitchellville, MD (Sports Network) - Mathias Gronberg posted rounds of 67 and
65 on Sunday to earn a six-stroke win at the Melwood Prince George's County
Gronberg closed out his first Nationwide Tour victory at 19-under-par 269. He
bettered the tournament scoring record by one stroke. Paul Claxton set the old
record of 270 in 2007.
"I came off with a couple of birdies in the first round this morning. That
kind of relaxed me and I felt like it was my day and I just kept playing great
golf," said Gronberg, who collected $121,500 for the win.
Robert Damron (67) and Justin Bolli (70) shared second place at 13-under-par
275. Esteban Toledo took fourth at minus-12 after a final-round, six-under 66.
Both the third and fourth rounds were completed on Sunday after a long weather
delay pushed the completion of the first round to Saturday. The second round
was also completed Saturday, then the 68 players that made the cut played the
final 36 holes on Sunday.
Gronberg, who was the medalist at PGA Tour Q-School in 2003, had three birdies
and an eagle in the third round as he took the lead into the final round.
The Swede continued his strong play on the second 18. He birdied the third,
then ran off three consecutive birdies from the sixth to jump to 16-under.
Gronberg sank a five-footer for birdie at 10, then tapped in a two-foot birdie
effort on the 12th to move to 18-under. He collected his last birdie on the
17th, where he converted from 10-feet out. Gronberg parred the last to
complete the final 36 holes bogey-free.
"I thought I had a pretty good lead. I didn't want to look at the leaderboard.
I just wanted to try to focus on not making bogeys and making a couple
birdies," said Gronberg, who didn't know he had such a big lead. "I'm very
proud of the way I played the back nine."
Damron moved from a share of 10th into a tie for second with a six-birdie,
one-bogey round. Bolli had three bogeys in his first 10 holes, but birdied
five of the last seven to share second place.
Oskar Bergman, who shared the lead with Gronberg entering the final round,
stumbled to a one-over 73 to share fifth place at 11-under-par 277. He was
joined there by Tom Scherrer (72). David Peoples, Cameron Percy and Jeff Curl
shared seventh place at minus-10.
06/07 20:21:11 ET