Tomasulo wins United Leasing Championship
Sunday, July 1, 2012
NEWBURGH, Ind. — Peter Tomasulo won the United Leasing Championship on Sunday for his third Web.com Tour victory, beating David Lingmerth with a par on the fourth hole of a playoff in triple-digit heat.
The 30-year-old Tomasulo bogeyed the final hole of regulation for a 2-under 70, leaving him tied with Lingmerth at 11-under 277 on the Victoria National Golf Club. Lingmerth finished with a 68.
The victory capped a 21-month comeback from injuries that included a broken bone in his foot, stress fractures in his ribs and a pair of surgeries this year.
"This is the first time in a long time that I've felt really healthy," Tomasulo said. "It's a lot of fun being back out here. I miss being out here and playing. This feels great. It's a blast being out here and competing again. I really didn't expect to play well this early."
Tomasulo, making only his third start of the 2012 calendar, earned $99,000 and jump from 200th to No. 21st on the money list. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.
Tomasulo hit his 3-wood tee shot in the water on the final hole of regulation, leading to the bogey.
"It was a terrible swing," Tomasulo said. "I thought my caddie was going to jump in the water he was so mad. I told him all we have to do is make birdie with the second ball. I knew I had to make birdie, so I stepped up and hit the same club."
Tomasulo tagged a 9-iron from 165 yards to 8 feet and made the bogey putt to force the playoff.
"I missed a couple of chances in regulation, but I'm pretty proud of saving myself at the end," he said. "Overall, I putted great today, I just misread a couple down the stretch."
Lingmerth, a 24-year-old from Sweden by way of Arkansas, missed his best chance on the second extra hole when his birdie putt from 15 feet slid past the cup.
The two went to the par-5 ninth hole next, where Tomasulo looked as if he'd end things, but wound up missing a birdie putt from about 5 feet.
"I don't know what I was thinking on that one," the former University of California player said. "There's no explanation for playing that one outside the hole. I should have just slammed it into the back of the cup."
Seconds after missing, officials halted play because a thunderstorm was kicking up enough lightning to be a threat. Some 25 minutes later, the two returned again to No. 18.
After Lingmerth hit his tee shot into the water, Tomasulo played conservatively and hit a 7-iron to about 45 feet and lagged his birdie try to 18 inches. When Lingmerth's par-saver from 16 feet missed, Tomasulo tapped in for the win.
Richard Scott shot a 71 to finish third at 10 under.