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)
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.
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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.