Nitties wins by 5 in Kansas



Overland Park, KS (Sports Network) - James Nitties closed with his second straight six-under 65 Sunday to win the Midwest Classic by five strokes.

Nitties, who won for the first time on the Nationwide Tour, ended at 26-under- par 258.

"I've been waiting for this one for a while. It seemed like everything went my way this week," stated Nitties. "It was my day today. There's still a lot of golf left to play this season, but this puts me in good position to get back to the PGA Tour."

The Australian smashed Michael Sim's tournament scoring record of 264.

Jonas Blixt (66) and Nick Flanagan (68) shared second at minus-21 at Nicklaus Golf Club.

J.J. Killeen managed a one-under 70 to end in a tie for fourth at 20-under-par 264. He was joined there by Josh Geary (69) and Jason Kokrak (65).

Killeen, who was looking for his third win of the season and a automatic promotion to the PGA Tour, was hanging with Nitties until he dropped four strokes in two holes on the back nine to slide down the leaderboard.

Nitties birdied the first and fourth, but was just one ahead of Killeen, who made eagle on the par-five fourth. The duo matched birdies on Nos. 6 and 8.

After Killeen dropped a shot at the ninth, Nitties stumbled to a bogey on No. 10. They both birdied the par-five 12th as Nitties remained one ahead, but trouble loomed for Killeen.

Killeen tripped to a bogey on the par-three 14th to dip two back. He fell five back as he faltered to a triple-bogey on the 15th. Killeen got one stroke back on the 16th, but Nitties also birdied that par-four.

Nitties closed the tournament in style as he birdied the par-four 18th from 20 feet out.

"When that putt goes in, you feel like it's your week," admitted Nitties. "You have the lead and the putt goes in. You feel like you're destined to win."

Killeen parred his final two holes to share fourth.

Blixt bogeyed the first, but had six birdies the rest of the way, including four in a row from the fourth.

Flanagan birdies four in the first eight holes, but had three bogeys with two birdies on the back nine.

NOTES: Nitties earned $99,000 for the win...Kokrak's tie for fourth was his best career finish on the Nationwide Tour...Killeen moved into the top spot on the tour's money list...The tour heads to Tennessee next week for the News Sentinel Open, where Chris Kirk won by two strokes last year.

08/21 21:00:38 ET


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