Emiliano Grillo won the Web.com Tour Championship with a birdie on the 72nd hole, edging by one shot Chez Reavie, who nonetheless locked up No. 1 spot in Web.com Finals earnings. Here's how it all shook out as players jockeyed for dollars and PGA Tour cards Sunday at TPC Sawgrass' Valley Course.
Leaderboard: Grillo (-14), Reavie (-13), Sam Saunders (-12), Rhein Gibson (-11)
What it means: This is Grillo's second worldwide win, following his first at the Visa Open de Argentina last year on PGA Tour Latinoamerica. Grillo this year has eight top-10 finishes across four different tours. He's made official starts in 15 different countires. He nearly secured his PGA Tour card with a win at the Puerto Rico Open in March but, needing par to win, he bogeyed the 72nd hole and lost in a playoff. On Sunday, Grillo holed a lengthy birdie putt on the final green to shoot 1-under 69 and seal victory. He finished second in Finals earnings to Reavie (2-under 68), who is now fully exempt on the PGA Tour and headed to the Players Championship, along with regular-season money leader Patton Kizzire.
Best of the rest: Five players - Derek Fathauer, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Robert Garrigus, Thomas Aiken and Rob Oppenheim - played their way into the top 25 this week, with Aiken (T-5) making the biggest leap, from 95th to 23rd.
Biggest disappointment: Eric Axley, who made the top 25 by just $32 last year, missed out on his card by $101 this year. Lucas Glover's three-putt on the 18th hole vaulted Oppenheim, who's been playing the Web.com Tour for the last six years, from 27th to 25th, knocking out Axley. Axley is one of five players - including Ryan Spears, Steve Allan, Justin Hicks and Jhonattan Vegas - who started the week inside the top 25 and failed to stay there.
Round of the day: Roberto Castro tied the course record with a bogey-free 8-under 62. Castro, who will be heading back to the PGA Tour via a fifth-place finish in the Finals, now holds a share of both the Stadium Course and Valley Course records at TPC Sawgrass.
Shot of the day: Garrigus poured in an 11-foot par on the 18th hole to secure his return to the PGA Tour and let out a series of celebratory fist pumps.
Quote of the day: “It’s like the first hole of the Masters for four days.” – Garrigus, on the stress of playing for a PGA Tour card at the Web.com Tour Championship