Killeen cruises to 4-shot win in Utah|
Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - J.J. Killeen closed with a bogey-free, six-under
65 Sunday to earn his first Nationwide Tour victory at the Utah Championship.
Killeen's total of 22-under-par 262 matched the tournament scoring record that
Brendon Todd set in 2008.
"It was really special having my mom and dad here, especially my dad on my
bag. It just feels great," Killeen said. "I've never felt this good before. I
hadn't won out here and hadn't won since some amateur tournaments."
Jeff Gove also had a bogey-free round, but his included 17 pars and a lone
eagle on the par-five third. Gove posted a two-under 69 at Willow Creek
Country Club to take second at minus-18.
Casey Wittenberg finished in third at 16-under 268 after closing with a 65.
Killeen and Gove shared the lead to start the final round, but Killeen birdied
the first to move ahead. After a pair of pars, Gove eagled the par-five third
from 25 feet out to grab the lead at 18-under.
However, that was it for Gove as he parred the final 15 holes.
"I could play this course every week for the rest of the year," joked Gove.
"I'm really pleased. It was fun to get back in contention. My putting was the
best it's felt in years, and I'm really happy with that."
Killeen parred six in a row from the second. A birdie on the par-four eighth
tied the pair atop the leaderboard. Killeen moved ahead with a birdie on the
The 29-year-old Killeen birdied the 13th to push his margin to two strokes. He
converted back-to-back birdie chances from No. 16 to set the final winning
NOTES: Killeen earned $99,000 for the win...For the first time since 1999,
there were no holes-in-one in this event...The Nationwide Tour heads to
Nebraska next week for the Cox Classic, where Martin Piller won last year, but
won't defend his title as he is expected to play in the Reno-Tahoe Open on the
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