Nicholas Lindheim wins Web.com Tour's Utah Championship

Nicholas Lindheim watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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LEHI, Utah (AP) Nicholas Lindheim won the Utah Championship on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title and a likely spot next season on the PGA Tour.

The 31-year-old Californian closed with a 3-under 69 at Thanksgiving Point to finish at 15-under 269 and beat playing partner J.J. Spaun by two strokes.

Lindheim earned $117,000 to jump from 83rd to 14th on the money list with $153,694, with the top 25 at the end of the regular season earning PGA Tour cards.

Lindheim opened with rounds of 67, 66 and 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Spaun into the final round. A self-taught player who took up golf at 19, Lindheim also has two PGA Tour Latinoamerica victories.

Lindheim had three birdies in a four-hole span in the middle of the round and bogeyed the par-3 15th. He took a two-stroke lead to the par-4 18th and matched Spaun with a bogey.

Spaun had a 70. The Canadian tour money leader last season, he earned $70,200 to jump from 15th to sixth on the money list with $213,820.

Xander Schauffele was third at 12 under after a 65. Austin Cook was another stroke back after a 69.