After a strange few years, here’s guessing Blayne Barber double- and triple-checked this final-round scorecard.
The former Auburn star shot a final-round 67 Sunday to win the South Georgia Classic, his first title on the Web.com Tour. His 15-under 273 was good enough for a two-shot victory over Alex Prugh.
Carlos Ortiz, who was vying for his third victory and an instant promotion to the PGA Tour, shot 72 and finished solo third.
Barber’s is a lesson in resilience. In fall 2012, he appeared on his way to Q-School’s second stage, only to disqualify himself days after the tournament because he realized he had given himself a one-shot penalty, not two, for moving a leaf in a bunker.
That self-inflicted DQ opened the door for a number of players, not least Chesson Hadley, to advance to the next stage and earn conditional status. This March, Hadley won the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.
Last August, Barber was once again in a promising position, this time in a Web.com Tour event, only to DQ himself again for signing an incorrect scorecard. This past March, he was disqualifed for failing to sign his scorecard after an opening 67, his third DQ in the past 18 months.
Prior to this week, Barber had made less than $40,000 in six Web.com Tour starts this season. This victory likely will propel him onto the PGA Tour this fall.