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Goggin captures second Nationwide Tour title of year

WICHITA, Kansas – Australia’s Mathew Goggin won the Wichita Open on Sunday for his second Nationwide Tour title of the year and fourth overall, holing a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 2-under 69 and a one-stroke victory over Kyle Thompson.

Goggin, also the winner of the season-opening Panama Championship, finished at 18-under 266 in hot and windy conditions on the Crestview Country Club’s North Course.

“This win today validates the first win really,” Goggin said. “The first one this year in Panama, the guys fell apart and I was the last man standing. I didn’t feel like I did anything special. Today, it was a real fight. I had to play well and I felt like I had to really go win this one as opposed to letting the other guys lose it. It was a real nice victory.”

He earned $108,000 to push his season total to $303,898, guaranteeing a top 25 finish for the season and a 2012 PGA Tour card. He also moved within a win of an in-season PGA Tour promotion.

“Since I have two kids, it really is special to win on Father’s Day, but really any day is good to win a golf tournament,” Goggin said. “I feel like I’m back on the same trajectory I was two years ago when I was among the top 15 in the world and played in the last group at the British Open.”

Thompson, The Rex Hospital Open winner last week in Raleigh, N.C., also finished with a 69. He earned $64,800 to jump from sixth to second on the money list with $188,178.

Scott Brown (68) and Troy Kelly (70) tied for third at 16 under.