Aragon wins by 1 in Texas|
Midland, Texas (Sports Network) - Alex Aragon fired a 6-under 66 on Sunday to
win the WNB Golf Classic by a single stroke.
Aragon jumped 11 places on the final day and finished at 16-under 272 for his
second career Web.com Tour win and first since capturing the TPC Stonebrae
Championship in 2012.
"This is sweet. It's a little sweeter in the sense that I feel I played a lot
better to win this tournament," said Aragon. "Last year conditions took out
half the field and you didn't have to play great the whole time. It validates
the first one. It validates everything."
With Aragon in the clubhouse, Byron Smith grabbed a share of the lead with a
birdie on the 15th, but he bogeyed the next hole at windy Midland Country
Club and settled for a 70 and a second-place finish at 15-under 273.
Brice Garnett shot 71 and placed third at 13-under, while overnight-leader
Edward Loar stumbled to a 75 and tied for fourth place with Will MacKenzie
(72) and Nick Flanagan (74) at minus-12.
Second-round co-leader Danny Lee (73), Miguel Angel Carballo (70), Rod
Pampling (69) and Todd Baek (70) tied for seventh at 11-under, while Whee Kim
(72), Ben Martin (72), Joe Durant (73) and Martin Piller (73) ended knotted in
11th at minus-10.
Aragon set a blistering pace on Sunday, opening with six birdies in his first
seven holes. He birdied Nos. 1 and 2, then, after a par on three, turned the
trick four straight times.
A birdie on the par-4 sixth allowed Aragon to pull even with Loar, who was
still waiting to tee off, and another gain in the seventh pushed the former in
front at 16-under.
Loar opened with three straight pars, then went birdie/bogey, which allowed
him to reclaim a share of the lead after Aragon bogeyed the ninth. But after a
birdie on the sixth, the overnight leader closed his outward nine with a
hatrick of bogeys to fall out of contention.
Aragon birdie the 12th and the 15th to reach 17-under and grab a 2-stroke lead
over Smith, who was through 11 holes at minus-15 thanks to an opening nine
which featured four birdies and a pair of bogeys.
The margin slipped to one when Aragon tripped to a bogey on the 16th, and it
disappeared completely when Smith birdied the 15th. But with Aragon in the
clubhouse after a pair of pars, Smith bogeyed the par-3 16th and parred out,
handing the title to Aragon.
"I really didn't miss a shot all day. It was unbelievable," said the winner.
"I just putted great all day. I started out making everything. I was hitting
it really close on the front nine, which isn't easy to do on a day like today.
It was about as good as I can play."
NOTES: Smith was seeking his first career Web.com Tour victory ... Loar was
coming off a win at the Louisiana Open and was seeking his third career
victory on the Web.com Tour ... Baek, a Monday qualifier, carded rounds of 72,
68, 67 and 70 ... This week's purse was $600,000, with $108,000 going to the
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