Uresti holds on, earns trip to PGA Championship


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Omar Uresti constructed such an enormous lead that even a 4-over 76 on Wednesday did not preserve him from profitable the Skilled Nationwide Championship and earn one other journey to the PGA Championship.

Uresti, a former PGA Tour participant, had a 7-shot lead going into the ultimate spherical on the PGA Golf Membership. He completed at 11-under 276 for a 3-shot victory over Frank Bensel Jr.

The highest 20 earned spots at Kiawah Island for the PGA Championship on Might 20-23. That wasn’t determined till a sudden-death playoff amongst 5 gamers for the ultimate 4 spots.

The odd man out was Cody Haughton, who missed an 8-foot par putt on the primary further gap at No. 10. Haughton closed with a 76 that featured a pair of double bogeys.

Uresti, a life member of the PGA of America who lives in Austin, Texas, gained the Skilled Nationwide Championship for the second time prior to now 4 makes an attempt. It was canceled final yr due to the pandemic.

Bensel began the ultimate spherical 10 photographs out of the lead and pulled inside 2 photographs with a birdie on the tenth gap. He made three bogeys and three birdies the remainder of the way in which for a 68. Uresti, who shot 40 on the entrance 9, steadied himself on the again 9.

One of the best spherical belonged to Stuart Smith, who recorded eight birdies in his spherical of 65 to maneuver into the highest 20 and earn a visit to the second main of the yr.


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