Uresti Stumbles to Victory in California


Nationwide TourLIVERMORE, Calif. -- Omar Uresti won the Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title in 13 years.
It wasn't easy.
Uresti double-bogeyed the 18th hole and closed with a 4-over 76 to beat Skip Kendall and Aron Price by two shots, winning for the first time in a PGA- sanctioned event since the 1994 Shreveport Open.
He finished the event at even-par 288, becoming only the second player in Nationwide Tour history to win with a score of even-par or worse.
'I guess playing in six U.S. Opens taught me how to be patient,' said Uresti, a 38-year-old veteran of 10 PGA TOUR seasons. 'Playing in a U.S. Open is not much fun -- but I guess I've got something to thank them for.'
Price had a one-over 73 and Kendall, the Chitimacha Louisiana Open winner, shot a 74 to tie for second place at 2-over 290.
Danny Ellis (72) and Gary Christian (75) were a shot further back at 291.
Before his double-bogey at the 18th, Uresti had posted three bogeys, a birdie and 13 pars in his final round. It was bad, but only bad enough to trim his four-shot overnight lead in half.
'After making bogey on two of the first three holes it was like, 'Now you've got to play some golf,'' Uresti said. 'I hit so many shots and executed just like I wanted (but) it got frustrating because they kept rolling off the green.'
Uresti became the 128th player with multiple wins on the Nationwide Tour. It had been 12 years, 11 months and eight days since his win in Shreveport in '94.
He also ended a streak of 383 starts -- including 277 on the PGA Tour -- without a victory.
'Has it been that long?' asked Uresti, who last won on the Canadian Tour in 2005. 'You start wondering if you'll do it again.'
The Course at Wente Vineyards left players wondering this week whether or not they should have showed up in the first place. With a cumulative average score of 75.235, it ranked as the toughest course on the Nationwide Tour in five years.
On Sunday, only two players broke par: Roland Thatcher, who shot a 2-under 70, and Esteban Toledo, who had a 1-under 71.
'I was fortunate to win,' Uresti said. 'I was also fortunate that everyone else struggled today.'
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