VALDOSTA, Ga. – Blayne Barber won the South Georgia Classic on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory.
The 24-year-old former Auburn player had a 15-under 273 total at Kinderlou Forest. He earned $117,000 to jump from 29th to sixth on the money list with $155,257.
“It feels so great,” Barber said. “I didn’t look at a scoreboard all day and I’m realizing now that it happened. Today was just a blur. I played some good golf and the next thing I know I’m sitting here as a champion. I really didn’t see it coming this week. It really came from out of nowhere.”
He overcame a double bogey on the par-4 12th with birdies on Nos. 14 and 16.
“I feel like I’m not very good at overcoming adversity,” Barber said. “I think the reason I came out on top today was that I just took my hands off the steering wheel a little bit and just played golf and didn’t look at any boards.”
Alex Prugh was second after a 67.
Third-round leader Carlos Ortiz, trying to earn an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour as a three-time winner this season, had a 72 to finish third at 12 under. The Mexican player earned $44,200 to push his tour-leading total to $363,058.
Greg Owen (69), Ryan Armour (70) and Monday qualifier Rob Oppenheim (72) tied for fourth at 11 under.
Roger Sloan of Merrit, B.C. (70-72-69-70) tied for 14th at 7-under 281.