Zorkic Feeling Carolina Blue


RALEIGH, N.C. -- Zoran Zorkic overcame a two-stroke deficit Sunday to win his first Buy.Com Tour title at the Carolina Classic. He shot an even-par 72 and finished with a one-shot victory over Doug Barron at 10-under-par 274.
'I don't know when it sinks in, probably tonight on the way home,' said Zorkic, who faced a long ride home to Texas. 'That's what happens when you're a conditional player, you don't have the luxury of flying.'
Zorkic does not have to worry about being a conditional player any longer as the victory gave him a two-year exemption on the Buy.Com Tour.
Lucas Glover and Jeff Hart shared third place at 7-under-par, while overnight leader Jason Buha faltered Sunday.
Buha collected seven bogeys, an eagle and a double-bogey en route to a 7-over 78. He finished in a tie for sixth with 2001 champion John Maginnes at minus 5.
'I hit it in the wrong spots and I had some tough two-putts and I didn't convert them like I did the rest of the week,' said Buha, still in search ofhi anything today I would have been able to put some pressure on him. It just wasn't my day.'
Zorkic bogeyed the second hole and reclaimed the lost stroke with a birdie at the ninth, giving him a two-shot lead over Barron, who was creeping up the leaderboard with four birdies on his front nine.
Zorkic's play on the back nine at the TPC at Wakefield Plantation was solid but not spectacular. He parred the first eight holes while Barron, who shot a final-round 66, inched closer to the lead when he entered the clubhouse at 9-under-par.
At the par-5 18th, Zorkic did not know what he needed to do to secure victory. He pushed his drive into the trees along the right side and his only option was to bump and run a shot down the fairway.
Zorkic had 102 yards to the stick but hit a poor wedge that spun 50 feet short of the hole on the fringe. He lagged his birdie try to within a foot and tapped in for the clutch par save and his first title.
'It was a struggle out there,' said Zorkic, who won $81,000 for first place. 'Once again it was a totally different golf course. The wind was from a different direction and the greens were getting firm. The last thing you want to have is two guys struggle and kind of let everyone else back in it. Jason was struggling, so it was hard to feed any positive stuff from him. It was just tough out there.'
Full-field scores from the Buy.Com SAS Carolina Classic