Robert Damron made a 14-foot birdie putt on
the first hole of a playoff Sunday with England's Greg Owen to win
the Athens Regional Foundation Classic, his first victory since the
PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Classic.
After birdieing the final two holes of regulation to force the
extra session, Owen came up short on a 12-foot birdie putt to give
Damron the title in the Nationwide Tour event.
"It sounds bad to say that I hit it terribly, but I really
did," said Damron, who earned $94,500 to move to No. 7 on the
"I flirted with trouble all week long but I came out smelling
like a rose. A hot putter makes up for a lot of mistakes. I can't
count the number of putts I made over 20 feet this week, maybe five
or six. I made tons from 10 to 20 feet."
Damron shot a 66-under 66 to match Owen (71) at 11-under 277.
Casey Wittenberg (67) was a stroke back, and Roger Tambellini (67)
and Vance Veazey (68) at 9 under.
Much of the attention was on 22-year-old rookie Brendon Todd, a
four-time All-American at Georgia who had the second-round lead and
shared the 54-hole lead with Owen at 10 under par. But Todd closed
with an 8-over 80 to tie for 25th.
That left the stage to Damron, who charged through the pack,
reeling off five birdies in a six-hole stretch to make the turn at
"I didn't think I'd have much of a chance to win today," said
Damron, who started the day five shots off the pace. "I thought
I'd get 2 or 3 under, make a nice check and go about my business. I
just hit that stretch that gets momentum going. When I made the
turn I figured I had a good chance."