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Carballo wins Children's Hospital Classic



Chattanooga, TN (Sports Network) - Miguel Carballo recorded three eagles Sunday en route to an eight-under 64 and a come-from-behind victory at the Children's Hospital Classic.

Carballo finished at 24-under 264 and won the title, his second on the Nationwide Tour, by two strokes at Black Creek Mountain.

Carballo's lone tour win before Sunday came at the 2007 Panama Championship. He lost a playoff two weeks ago at the Soboba Golf Classic, but finally returned to the winner's circle.

"I can't describe this feeling," said Carballo as his caddie interpreted for the media. "This is absolutely spectacular."

Brice Garnett shot a five-under 67 and took second at minus-22. Aaron Goldberg carded a seven-under 65 and came in third at 21-under 267.

Matt Every (67) took fourth at 19-under 269, followed by B.J. Staten, who shot a five-under 67 on Sunday and came in fifth at minus-18.

Third-round leader John Mallinger flew out of the gate with birdies at two and three, but trouble loomed. He bogeyed the fifth, four-putted the sixth for double-bogey, hit out of bounds to set up another double-bogey at seven and doubled the ninth.

He finished with a three-over 75 and fell into a share of sixth at minus-17.

"I thought I was mentally strong coming out of the gate with birdies," said Mallinger. "I made a couple of bad putts, then one bad swing. It was a shocker. I can't really explain it."

Carballo broke into red figures with a birdie at the par-five fourth. He recorded the first eagle of his final round at the par-five sixth and was one shot off the lead.

Carballo matched Billy Hurley III in first with a birdie at the ninth, but a bogey at the par-three 11th dropped him down the leaderboard.

Carballo eagled the par-five 14th from 30 feet out to jump back atop the leaderboard at 21-under par. Garnett birdied the same hole to keep pace with Carballo in first place.

Carballo reached the green with his drive at the par-four 15th and poured in a long eagle putt. Garnett managed only a birdie, so Carballo moved to the 16th tee one shot ahead.

"Those two holes, those were the most important," said Carballo. "I still felt like I needed to make birdies."

Both players birdied the 16th and bogeyed the 17th. With Goldberg in at 21- under par and the 18th a par five, it seemed the tournament was down to Carballo and Garnett.

Carballo birdied the last, while Garnett managed only a par, and that gave Carballo the two-stroke victory.

Mallinger was joined by Hurley, who quintuple-bogeyed the par-three 17th en route to a one-over 73, Doug LaBelle II (64) and Justin Bolli (70) in sixth seven shots back.

NOTES: Carballo pocketed $90,000 for the victory...The Nationwide Tour moves to Miami, Florida next week for the Miccosukee Championship, where Jason Gore captured the 2010 event.

10/09 19:57:19 ET


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