Curran rolls to win in Brazil
03/16/2014 4:51 PM
03/16/2014 4:51 PM
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Curran carded a 2-under 69 on Sunday as he claimed a 4-stroke victory at the Brasil Champions.
Curran, who held the lead since the end of the first round, earned his first career victory on the Web.com Tour at a tournament record 25-under-par 259.
"Thankfully nobody was making a charge, so it wasn't like I was getting lapped because nobody was going too low," Curran said. "I was hitting a lot of steady, consistent shots. It was still a fight but thankfully I had enough cushion."
Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship winner Alex Cejka also shot a 69 during his final round at Sao Paulo Golf Club to finish in second place at 21-under, while Ash Hall (70) took third at minus-20.
Manuel Villegas (66) ended in fourth at 18-under, a shot ahead of Casey Wittenberg (65) and Oscar Fraustro (69).
Curran entered the final round with a 4-stroke lead, but that advantage was cut to two after Hall birdied the first to move to 20-under and Curran tripped to a bogey at the fourth.
Hall then birdied the fifth to pull within a stroke of the lead, but followed that with bogeys at the eighth and 10th to fall back to minus-19.
Curran, meanwhile, bounced back from his gaffe with a birdie at the ninth to move to 23-under and stretch his lead back to three.
He would cruise to the victory from there, adding gains at the 13th and 18th to claim his 4-stroke win.
"I kept thinking to myself all day that I wasn't nervous, I was just anxious," said Curran. "I said to myself that it was going to be okay if I wasn't in the lead at some point, I just wanted to have a chance on the back nine."
Hall would follow his bogey at the 10th with six straight pars before rolling in a birdie at the 17th to reach 20-under, while Cejka countered a pair of bogeys with birdies at the fifth, 12th, 13th and 17th to move into second place.
NOTES: Curran's wire-to-wire win was just the second on the Web.com Tour in the last six years. The last person to do it was Andres Gonzales at the 2012 Soboba Golf Classic ... Curran's mark of 259 tied the fifth-best score since the tour started in 1990 ... Curran was making just his fourth career start on tour.