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With his tour card secured for next year, Richmond High School graduate and PGA Tour rookie Michael Letzig nearly captured his first victory this weekend at the Ginn sur Mer Classic at Palm Coast, Fla.
Letzig ended with a four-round total of 6-under par 282, just one shot behind the winner Ryan Palmer.
Palmer sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to break up a seven-way logjam at the top of the leaderboard. Letzig battled the high winds throughout the tournament and turned in rounds of 64, 74, and 70 through the first three days and held a one-shot lead heading into Sunday. After recording a bogie on the third hole, Letzig fell back into a group of seven battling for the lead in the final round that was delayed twice by the weather.
Letzig was playing in the final group behind Palmer and needed a birdie on the par-5, 570-yard 18th. His approach shot from 80-yards out ended up 35-feet down the slope for his birdie attempt that would have forced a playoff.
“Every day when I hit balls, I practice the 80-yard shot,” Letzig told the Associated Press. “I just caught it a little heavy.”
His birdie putt missed to the left and long, but Letzig hit the par putt to end the day at 1-over and in a 5-way tie for second.
Letzig earned $276,000 for his efforts and after beginning the next-to-last stop for the season at 109th on the money list, he moves up 20 spots to 89th. The top 125 on the money list keep their Tour Cards for next season.
The final event of the season will be held at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. this week.