KNOXVILLE Tenn. (August 18, 2014) – His timing couldn’t have been better! PGA TOUR Latinoamérica graduate Bronson Burgoon carded a course record tying 62 on Sunday to claim runner-up honors at the Web.com Tour’s News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot.
The 27-year old from Texas had entered the week ranked 97th on the money list, but the second place check for $59,400 vaulted him into the 36th spot with only one tournament left to play in the regular season schedule.
“I’ve been playing good all week,” he said. “I’ve been hitting it close all week; I finally got some putts to fall. I’m thrilled, this gets me into the playoffs.”
Burgoon’s 9-under 62 included a back nine 30 at Fox Den Country Club. It was his lowest career round and his lowest round in 20 Web.com Tour starts this season. The confidence gained from his performance in Knoxville will go a long ways as he gets prepared for The Finals.
Burgoon finished behind tournament champion Martin Piller, a former teammate at Texas A&M University. Piller answered every birdie Burgoon made on
the final nine, posting a 31 coming in, and carded a 63 for a 22-under par 262 two-stroke triumph.
Last year, Burgoon finished No. 7 on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Order of Merit. He recorded six top-10 finishes including a T2 at the Lexus Peru Open. “I wish that Tour was around when I first got out of school. It truly was a blessing. Not only did I get to see South America and experience different cultures, but as a golfer I grew exponentially. It prepares you for the next stage, which is here, and this prepares you for the same deal.”
With only one event left to play on the Web.com Tour regular season, there are 7 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica members/alumni inside the Money List Top 75*:
Rank Player (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica performance)
No. 21 Byron Smith, California (2012 Q-School Medalist)
No. 31 Ryan Blaum, Florida (2013 Order of Merit No. 1)
No. 36 Bronson Burgoon, Texas (2013 Order of Merit No. 7)
No. 38 Zac Blair, Utah (2014 Order of Merit No. 17)
No. 48 Manuel Villegas, Colombia (2013 Order of Merit No. 5)
No. 58 Oscar Fraustro, Mexico (2012 Order of Merit No. 2)
No. 75 Roberto Díaz, Mexico (2014 Order of Merit No. 41)
Colombia’s Andrés Echavarría (No. 73 last week) and José de Jesús Rodríguez (No. 74) dropped to 76th and 78th respectively after the News Sentinel Open.
The top-75 players on the Web.com Tour regular season money list will qualify for the Web.com Tour 2014 Finals and will be fully exempt next year on the Web.com Tour regular season