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The Long Way in Virgina Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Michael Long shot a 2-under 70 Sunday in cool, rainy conditions to win the VB Open at the TPC of Virginia Beach by two strokes. Long ended the tournament at 11-under-par 277.
Vaughn Taylor, a Monday qualifier, carded a final-round 68 to climb into second place at 9-under-par 279. Overnight leader Tripp Isenhour struggled to a 2-over 74 Sunday to finish along side Omar Uresti at 7-under-par 281.
Players had to battle steady rain throughout the day. The wind also kicked up at times making for tough playing conditions.
Long and Isenhour battled early in the round, but Isenhour stumbled down the stretch to drop out of contention.
Long birdied the par-three third to move to minus-10 and grab a two-stroke lead over Isenhour, who had bogeyed the second. Long dropped back to 9-under with a bogey at the sixth.
Isenhour joined Long in the lead at minus-9 when he drained a long birdie putt at the par-3 seventh. Both men birdied the par-5 eighth to make the turn at 10-under.
Long took the lead again with a birdie at the 11th. However, Isenhour followed suit as he knocked his third shot to within two feet at the par-5 12th to set up birdie.
From there, Long played steady golf, while Isenhour fell off the pace. The winner two-putted for par on the final six holes to maintain his score at 11-under.
Isenhour fell two shots back with back-to-back bogeys from the 13th. Both times he missed the green in regulation and was unable to get up-and-down for par. Any chance at coming back was gone when Isenhour three-putted for bogey at the 17th. He also bogeyed the last to fall into a tie for third place.
Taylor opened his round with two straight bogeys to fall to minus-4. He climbed back into contention with back-to-back birdies from the eighth and again from the 12th. Taylor moved to 9-under when he rolled in a birdie putt at the par-3 17th.
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