Goggin wins for 2nd time in 2011|
Wichita, KS (Sports Network) - Mathew Goggin birdied the final hole Sunday to
hold off Kyle Thompson and win the Wichita Open.
Goggin posted a two-under 69 in the final round to end at 18-under-par 266.
The victory was his second of the season on the Nationwide Tour and the fourth
of his career on the circuit.
"This win today validates the first win really. The first one this year in
Panama, the guys fell apart and I was the last man standing," said Goggin. "I
didn't feel like I did anything special. Today, it was a real fight. I had to
play well and I felt like I had to really go win this one as opposed to
letting the other guys lose it. It was a real nice victory."
Thompson, who won last week's event in North Carolina, also birdied the last
to post a 69 of his own. He ended one back at minus-17 at Crestview Country
Scott Brown (68) and Troy Kelly (70) shared third place at 16-under-par 268.
Billy Hurley III collected the first top-five finish of his Nationwide Tour
career as he fired a five-under 66 to finish at 14-under-par 270.
Goggin got his round going with birdies on the second and fourth to push his
lead to two strokes over Kelly and Thompson. However, that margin disappeared
The Australian stumbled to bogeys on six and seven to slide back to minus-16,
where he was joined in the lead by Thompson.
Around the turn, Goggin got those strokes back as he followed a birdie on the
10th with another on the par-four 11th. His lead dipped back to one when he
bogeyed the 13th.
Goggin, the tour's leading money winner, erased that mistake with a birdie on
the 15th. He gave that stroke right back with a bogey on No. 16.
At the par-five closing hole, Goggin was one stroke clear of Thompson. The
margin remained that way as both players birdied the last. Goggin two-putted
from the fringe for his birdie, while Thompson left his 20-footer for eagle
short and tapped in his birdie effort.
"Since I have two kids, it really is special to win on Father's Day, but
really any day is good to win a golf tournament," Goggin said. "I feel like
I'm back on the same trajectory I was two years ago when I was among the
top-50 in the world and played in the last group at the British Open."
Thompson had two other birdies and a lone bogey in his round, which also
included eight consecutive pars from the fourth to the 11th.
Kelly was within one of the lead a couple times during the final round, but he
managed just two birdies and one bogey in his round of 70.
NOTES: Goggin earned $108,000 for the victory...Goggin is the first two-time
winner this season and the victory pushed his lead over Thompson on the money
list to nearly $116,000...The tour heads to Mexico next week for the Mexico
Open, where Jamie Lovemark won last year.
06/19 20:58:33 ET