Rollins hangs on to win Reno-Tahoe Open|
Reno, NV (Sports Network) - It wasn't easy, but John Rollins collected his
third PGA Tour win on Sunday at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
Rollins mixed three bogeys, a double-bogey, an eagle and three birdies in an
even-par round of 72. He finished at 17-under-par 271, which was good for a
three-shot win over Jeff Quinney and Martin Laird.
"It's huge. It was a struggle out there though," admitted Rollins, who earned
$540,000 for the win. "I had to battle a lot of emotions. It was kind of an up
and down day."
Quinney fired a six-under 66, while Laird closed with a three-under 69. They
shared second at 14-under-par 274. Joe Ogilvie was one stroke back at minus-13
after closing with a one-under 71 at Montreux Golf and Country Club.
Rollins led by four entering the final round and a birdie on the second pushed
his lead to six strokes. However, he missed the green at the par-five fourth
and hit a poor chip.
The 34-year-old two-putted for double-bogey to slide to 16-under. He parred
four straight before sinking a three-foot birdie try on the ninth.
Rollins looked as though he put things away with a chip-in eagle on the par-
five 11th. That moved him to 19-under, where he again led by six.
However, he found sand off the tee at the par-three 12th and that led to a
bogey. Rollins dropped another stroke on the 13th after missing the green with
Rollins' slide continued at the 15th as he could not save par from a greenside
All of a sudden Rollins was down to 16-under and his lead was just two. He
righted the ship at the par-five 17th, where he putted from off the green to
three feet. He tapped that in for birdie and a three-stroke cushion.
Rollins got up and down for par from the rough at the last. That helped him
win for the first time in five tries when owning at least a piece of the 54-
"I felt like I started off kind of poor, then started to right it, then
started to make mistakes again," Rollins explained. "It was a hang on kind of
day and I am just proud that I managed to come out on top."
Quinney, the 2000 U.S. Amateur champion, started his run up the leaderboard
with birdies on six and eight. Around the turn, he poured in three straight
birdies chances from the 11th to move to 13-under.
The 30-year-old Quinney birdied the 17th for his share of second.
Laird collected a birdie on No. 5, but stumbled to bogeys on seven and eight.
He erased those mistakes and more by collecting four birdies in a row from the
ninth to get to 14-under.
The Scotsman ended his birdie run with a bogey on the 13th. Laird recovered
that lost shot with a birdie on 17 to end alongside Quinney at 14-under.
Alex Cejka closed with a five-under 67 Sunday to finish at 12-under-par 276.
He was joined there by Kevin Na (68) and Ryan Palmer (73). Rod Pampling was
one stroke back at minus-11 after a final-round 67.
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