Blayne Barber earns his first Tour tourney title

Published May. 4, 2014 6:09 p.m. ET


Blayne Barber won the South Georgia Classic on Sunday for his first Tour title, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory.

The 24-year-old former Auburn player had a 15-under 273 total at Kinderlou Forest. He earned $117,000 to jump from 29th to sixth on the money list with $155,257.

''It feels so great,'' Barber said. ''I didn't look at a scoreboard all day, and I'm realizing now that it happened. Today was just a blur. I played some good golf, and the next thing I know I'm sitting here as a champion. I really didn't see it coming this week. It really came from out of nowhere.''

He overcame a double bogey on the par-4 12th with birdies on Nos. 14 and 16.

''I feel like I'm not very good at overcoming adversity,'' Barber said. ''I think the reason I came out on top today was that I just took my hands off the steering wheel a little bit and just played golf and didn't look at any boards.''

Alex Prugh was second after a 67.


Third-round leader Carlos Ortiz, trying to earn an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour as a three-time winner this season, had a 72 to finish third at 12 under. The Mexican player earned $44,200 to push his tour-leading total to $363,058.

Greg Owen (69), Ryan Armour (70) and Monday qualifier Rob Oppenheim (72) tied for fourth at 11 under.