North Augusta's Brown wins eGolf money title

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SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. --- North Augusta's Scott Brown won the eGolf Professional Tour's money title Thursday with a 19th-place finish in the season-ending Tour Championship.

Brown, a three-time winner on tour this year, earned $3,316.67 to finish at $142,362.

He shot a final-round 68 to finish at 7-under 205 and become the second consecutive player with area ties to claim the tour's money title. David Robinson, of Sandersville, Ga., won it last year when it was known as the Tarheel Tour. Robinson shot 70 on Thursday to tie for 48th at 209. He earned $41,034.78 this year.

Former PGA Tour player Matt Davidson survived a three-man, five-hole playoff with another former PGA Tour player, Jess Daley, and two-time Walker Cup player Lee Williams to win the season finale for the second year in a row.

The three had tied at 13-under 199 in the event played at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club and Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club.

Daley was eliminated after a bogey on the first extra hole. Davidson birdied the fifth hole to defeat Williams and earn $45,000 to finish second on the money list at $138,269.

Aiken native Matt Hendrix (66) and Aiken's Kevin Kisner (69) tied for ninth at 203. Aiken's Dane Burkhart (69) tied for 13th at 204. Former USC Aiken golfer Ryan Dillon (68) tied for 19th at 205. Augusta's Emmett Turner (68) and former Augusta State golfer Jay Haas Jr. (69) tied for 33rd at 207. Aiken's Stephen Poole (70) and former Augusta Prep golfer Cortland Lowe (69) tied for 41st at 208.

PGA TOUR: In Las Vegas, Champions Tour winner Tom Pernice Jr. shot a bogey-free 9-under 62 for a share of the first-round lead with former Georgia Tech golfer Troy Matteson and Spencer Levin in the PGA Tour's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The 50-year-old Pernice, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour who won the SAS Championship on Sept. 27 in his Champions Tour debut, birdied his final two holes -- Nos. 8 and 9 -- at TPC Summerlin. Levin had an eagle and seven birdies in his bogey-free round, and Matteson, the 2006 winner, had 10 birdies and a bogey -- on No. 17.

Bob Heintz and Martin Laird were a stroke back, and three-time Las Vegas winner Jim Furyk matched Scott Piercy at 64.

Former Louisville, Ga., resident Brian Gay shot 66. Augusta native Charles Howell opened with 69. Current Evans and former Hephzibah resident Vaughn Taylor had 72.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Vilamoura, Francesco Molinari had an eagle and eight birdies to take a two-shot lead at 9-under-par 63 in the Portugal Masters.

Alastair Forsyth, Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel are tied for second, and Lee Westwood was in a group of six another shot back.

Former Augusta State standout Oliver Wilson had 67.

Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington shot 69s.

Gary Murphy, another former Augusta State golfer, had 72.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Miami, Andrew Buckle shot 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Troy Merritt after the first round of the Miccosukee Championship. Augusta's Scott Parel had 72.

PGA TOUR EVENT TAPPED OUT IN MILWAUKEE

The organization that handles the annual PGA Tour stop in Milwaukee is dissolving after failing to find a sponsor, leaving the future of professional golf in the area on shaky ground.

The move virtually guarantees the Tour won't return to Milwaukee next year. Tournament director Dan Croak said Thursday the organization has run out of money after paying its bills and other financial obligations, including a donation of more than $520,000 to charities.

"We have run out of funds and, thus, cannot continue to operate," Croak said in a statement.

The tournament, originally known as the Greater Milwaukee Open, has been in operation since 1968. Tiger Woods made his pro debut in this event.


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