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Porter wins South Georgia Classic

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VALDOSTA, Ga. – Australia’s Ewan Porter won the South Georgia Classic for his second Nationwide Tour title, parring the last four holes in fading light Sunday to hold off Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas by a stroke.

Porter shot a 2-under 70 to finish at 11 under at Davis Love III-designed Kinderlou Forest. Also the tour’s 2008 Moonah Classic, Porter earned $112,500 after missing the cuts in his first four Nationwide starts of the year.

“I’m absolutely stunned to have done this,” said Porter, who also missed the cut last week in the China Open. “To be honest, I didn’t expect too much this week. This is totally unexpected. It’s overwhelming. This is a huge step forward in my career.”

Vegas finished with a 71. Brandt Jobe (69) was third at 9 under, and Canadian David Hearn, the third-round leader, was 8 under after a 74.

Porter birdied made a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 8, chipped in for birdie on No. 10 and made another birdie on No. 11 to take a three-stroke lead.

“The putt on eight was a big one,” Porter said. “I was just trying to lag it down there close. The chip-in on 10 was the same thing. I was just trying to get it up there close. I played with Jhonattan the last 36 holes and I tried not to let his length intimidate me. I knew that if I could just keep it in play, I’d be able to handle it.”

After a bogey on No. 14, Porter finished with the four straight pars.

“I definitely felt the pressure down the stretch,” Porter said. “I didn’t want to play another hole that’s for sure. My heart rate was way too high and I could feel the collar getting a little tight. It was a wonderful battle with them today and I was fortunate to come out on top.”