Owen rallies to win in Indiana
06/29/2014 5:14 PM
06/29/2014 8:20 PM
Evansville, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Greg Owen staged an improbable rally on Sunday to win the United Leasing Championship.
Owen triple-bogeyed the first and bogeyed the last, but had seven birdies and an eagle in between. He closed with a 5-under 67 to finish his first Web.com Tour win at 9-under-par 279.
The Englishman started seven groups ahead of the leaders, and didn't earn the win until several players stumbled late.
"It's just a crazy game. I'm delighted. This was unexpected," Owen stated. "These final holes can just come up and grab you."
Third-round leader Mark Hubbard bogeyed the last to hand Owen the title. Hubbard stumbled to a 3-over 75 to end at minus-8. He was joined in second place by Ryan Armour, who closed with a 4-under 68 despite a bogey at the 18th at Victoria National Golf Club.
Tony Finau, who had a share of the lead for a long period on Sunday, bogeyed three of the last four holes en route to a 2-over 74. He fell into a share of fourth at 7-under-par 281. Finau was joined there by Matt Weibring (72), Fabian Gomez (70) and Justin Thomas (71).
Andres Echavarria (74), who led after making birdie on 15, closed with back- to-back double-bogeys to end at minus-6. He ended alongside Henrik Norlander (70).
Owen faltered to a triple-bogey on the first and that dropped him 10 strokes behind Hubbard at minus-1. After four pars in a row, Owen started his comeback with birdies on the sixth and seventh.
Around the turn, Owen poured in three birdies in the first four holes to jump to 6-under. Owen made eagle on the par-5 15th and followed with birdies on 16 and 17.
He was down one at that point, but fell two back as he bogeyed the last.
"I got off to the worst start I've ever had on a golf course and I was thinking it was going to be a very long day at that point. I was pretty low and thought that if I could get back to even-par for the day, I'd be doing pretty good," said Owen. "I could have easily given up and shot 80, but that's not me and that's not how I was brought up. I was proud of myself for hanging in there."
Armour, who played alongside Owen, was tied for the lead after 13, but bogeyed two of the last five. He mixed in a birdie on the 17th to end one back.
After that, it was down to the final threesome, who had traded the lead throughout the day. Echavarria birdied Nos. 10 and 12 to move to 10-under. He traded a bogey for a birdie from the 14th, and a birdie on 15 gave the Colombian a 1-shot lead over Owen, who was finished, Weibring, Hubbard and Finau.
Echavarria tumbled down the leaderboard with back-to-back double-bogeys to close his round.
Finau had a share of the lead after a birdie on the ninth. He and Hubbard had a 2-stroke swing on No. 10 as Finau made bogey and Hubbard made birdie. Finau birdied the 13th to regain a piece of the lead. He dipped one back with a bogey on the 15th
Following that bogey, Finau was tied with Owen and Hubbard after the lead fell back to minus-9. Finau also dropped shots at 17 and 18 to end two back.
Hubbard was the last man with a chance to force a playoff. He played the front nine in 1-over par, but that was enough to keep him tied for the lead with Finau. Hubbard grabbed the lead with his birdie on No. 10, but that was his last birdie.
The 25-year-old tripped to bogeys at 13 and 14 to slip to minus-9. The lead fell back to Hubbard, but he closed with another bogey at the last to hand Owen the title.
NOTES: Owen earned $108,000 for his first Web.com Tour title ... This was Owen's first win since the 2003 British Masters on the European Tour ... His 7-shot comeback matched the best on tour this year, and was the biggest in event history ... The tour heads to Canada next week for a new event, the Nova Scotia Open.
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