No. 5 Georgia tops 'Bama for second win of season

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The University of Georgia has already produced four winners this season on the PGA Tour.

The Bulldogs’ current crop of talent isn’t bad, either.

Led by senior Michael Cromie, No. 5 Georgia surged ahead of No. 1 Alabama on the final day to win the Linger Longer Invitational by 10 shots. The Bulldogs finished at 27-under 837 on the Great Waters course at Reynolds Plantation. It was their first victory of the spring and their second this season. 

Cromie shot 9-under 207 to finish regulation tied with Alabama freshman Robby Shelton, then earned his second career title with a birdie on the first extra hole. Shelton is the No. 2-ranked player in the country, according to Golfstat.

The Bulldogs also were boosted by strong performances from fifth-ranked Joey Garber and Lee McCoy, both of whom tied for third. All five Georgia players finished 13th or better.

“To say this was a good weekend would be an understatement,” coach Chris Haack said in a school release.

As for Alabama, it was forced to settle for another high finish. The Crimson Tide had won 11 in a row when their streak came to a surprising end two weeks ago in Cabo. They tied for fourth at the Southern Highlands, then came up short again here. Shelton, Trey Mullinax (T-5), Cory Whitsett (T-10) and Bobby Wyatt (T-10) each finished inside the top 10.

“Give Georgia credit,” Alabama coach Jay Seawell said in a release, “but the last three tournaments we haven’t played Alabama golf. We have been too concerned with the results. It is time for us to get back to work and worry about ourselves.”