NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Vincent Norrman lipped in an 8-footer for bogey on the 72nd gap to get right into a playoff, then scrambled for par on the identical gap in sudden demise on Sunday to beat Nathan Kimsey and win the Barbasol Championship, his first PGA Tour victory.
The 25-year-old Norrman, a tour rookie who performed one yr at Florida State after 4 years at Division II Georgia Southwestern, received in his twenty third profession begin. The Swede closed with a 66 at Keene Hint to complete at 22-under 266.
“I do not assume I can course of this for some time. I am misplaced for phrases,” Norrman mentioned.
Norrman’s girlfriend, LPGA Tour participant Frida Kinhult, shocked him after the victory. Kinhult completed tied for thirty sixth on the Dana Open in Sylvania, Ohio, on Sunday, then traveled 300 miles south to greet Norrman.
Kimsey, a 30-year-old European tour participant from England who made his PGA Tour debut on this co-sanctioned occasion, shot 64 to submit 22 below and waited to see if it will be ok. It did not look promising with Norrman and Trevor Cone at 23 below.
However Cone yanked his tee shot into tall grass nicely left of the inexperienced on the par-3 sixteenth, resulting in double bogey. That opened the door for Norrman, who hit fairway wooden off the 18th tee and went nicely left into a clumsy lie. He nonetheless had 57 yards for his third shot, missed the inexperienced from there after which chipped nicely previous the opening. His bogey putt caught the lip on the precise facet and dropped.
Within the playoff, Norrman once more went left off the tee, missed the inexperienced to the precise and chipped to 2 toes.
“I hit a extremely good tee shot, I believed,” Norrman mentioned. “I had a fairly robust lie, downhill left to proper normally comes out left on me and that type of flared proper. That was a fairly difficult chip as nicely and I simply put strike on it and hit it up there shut.”
Kimsey hit his tee shot into thick tough on the precise, simply lacking the water, and did not get up-and-down from a bunker nicely wanting the inexperienced. He was searching for to turn out to be the primary participant to since Jim Benepe on the 1988 Western Open to win his PGA Tour debut.
“I really feel like I barely missed a shot all day,” Kimsey mentioned. “Holed a couple of good putts and simply type of did a extremely good job of executing type of the entire again 9 and preserve pushing actually. Yeah, like I am unable to complain with something I did as we speak.”
Cone shot 68 and completed one shot shy of the playoff alongside Adrien Saddier (66), a European tour participant from France.
Veteran Lucas Glover, who led after the primary and second rounds, completed alone in fifth at 20 below, his third consecutive prime 10. The 43-year-old Glover shot 68 and prolonged his streak of rounds within the 60s to 12, all since switching to an extended putter.
Cone led by one shot getting into the ultimate spherical however was quickly chasing Norrman, who made six birdies on the entrance 9 to show in 6-under 30. Norrman’s even-par inward 9 was ok. He shot 66-67-67-66 over 4 days.
“It has been a loopy week and clearly as we speak, the primary 9 was virtually flawless,” he mentioned. “Yeah, how I completed the entrance 9 I am actually pleased with, then hung in there on the again. I am comfortable to be sitting right here.”
Marcus Kinhult, the older brother of Norrman’s girlfriend and his roommate for the week, closed with a 69 and tied for 14th.