DeFrancesco Wins Wire-to-Wire

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PGA of AmericaWayne DeFrancesco outlasted the rest of the field through bitter cold temperatures and blustery winds Sunday to win the 34th PGA Club Professional Championship.
 
He shot a final round 72 at the Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort to end at 10-under-par 278, winning by three shots, and becoming the third-ever wire-to-wire winner of the event.
 
No one, however, has ever led alone after all four days and gone on to win.
 
No one, that is, until DeFrancesco.
 
After opening his round in superb fashion with three consecutive birdies, the 43-year-old assistant pro at the Woodholme Country Club in Baltimore, Md., began to stumble with a double-bogey at the fourth and then a bogey at the fifth.
 
He held on strong throughout the conclusion of his round, however, sinking a 20-footer for par at the 12th and then a 15-footer for an insurance birdie at No. 16.
 
I was trying to hit the shot that was called for, said DeFrancesco, who won $40,000. I was doing whatever I could. Coming down the final hole with a three-shot lead was more than I ever could have expected.
 
DeFrancesco joins Larry Gilbert (1982) and Ron McDougal (1992) as wire-to-wire winners of the Club Pro Championship.
 
Im pretty much a grinder and dont thrill anybody with length, stated a humble DeFrancesco. I just plod along and try to keep it in play. When the putter gets going, Ive got a pretty good, sound game technically.
 
Following her performance this week, that may have been the understatement of the tournament.
 
Defending champion Tim Thelen had a good showing, as the Pasadena, Tex. resident shot a final round of 72 to end in joint second with Don Berry (70), Mark Brown (70) and John Aber (71) at 7-under 281.
 
They each received a check in the amount of $18,750, but more importantly, will be a part of this years PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
 
The top-25 finishers will all be going to Atlanta this year. Larry Emery received the last slot at 1-over 289, after defeating David Hutsell of Baltimore, Md. on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.
 
Thirty-nine states were represented in this years edition of the Club Professionals Championship. The Crosswater Club ' at 7,470 yards ' is the longest track the event has ever been contested upon.
 
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