John Maginnes will be back to try and defend his title. Despite winning at the TPC at Wakefield Plantation a year ago, the 34-year-old finished the season 45th on the money list.
Maginnes, who lives in nearby Greensboro, edged Ryuji Imada by two strokes. The former PGA Tour player used an inspirational talk with fellow pro Carl Paulson to capture his third career Buy.Com title.
After both men missed the cut the previous week at the PGA Tours Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, the two friends had a therapy session.
He said, You are too good for this, whats the problem? Maginnes recalled. I said, Im going to Monday Qualify on Monday (for the next PGA Tour event) and he said, Thats the dumbest thing Ive ever heard. You are too good for that. Go play golf. Sometimes you need to hear that.
The truth didnt hurt, but helped as Maginnes shot rounds of 68-65-66-70 to finish at 15-under 269, and earn the $81,000 first-place check.
Maginnes is trying to put behind him a disappointing defeat last week at the Richmond Open, when Patrick Moore holed a 15-foot eagle putt at the last to win by one over Maginnes.
This is the ninth playing of the Carolina Classic. It has been contested on three different courses. Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC was the host from 1994-97; Raleigh Country Club played host from 98-2000. This will be the second straight year the par-71 TPC at Wakefield Plantation will be used.
Imada holds the tournament course record with a 7-under 64 in last years second round. The actual course record, however, belongs to David Gossett. Gossett, who shot 59 during the finals of the 1999 Qualifying Tournament, fired an 11-under 60 in Wednesdays pro-am.
Full field and tee times for the SAS Carolina Classic