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Johnson wins Nationwide finale, Tour card

ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAKESIDE, Calif. — Wales’ Richard Johnson won the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship on Sunday to lead the 25 qualifiers for the 2008 PGA Tour, shooting a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Michael Letzig.

Johnson earned $139,500 for his second victory of the year to jump from sixth to first on the money list with $445,421, officially securing a spot next year on the PGA Tour along with the other top 25 finishers on the developmental tour.

“Its nice to be going back,” said Johnson, the Mark Christopher Charity Classic winner last month in Rancho Cucamonga. “I didn’t come in here expecting to get to the No. 1 spot. I had a fun week.”

The 35-year-old Johnson finished with a 20-under 264 total on the Barona Creek course, breaking the tournament record of 18-under 270 set by Chris Couch in 2003. Along with fully exempt status on the PGA Tour, Johnson secured a spot in The Players Championship as the money champion.

Letzig closed with a 66. He earned $83,700 to jump from 26th to 12th on the money list with $263,948.

Martin Laird (66) and Tom Scherrer (68) tied for fourth at 18 under. Laird finished 13th with $252,679, and Tom Scherrer jumped from 27th to 20th with $220,138.

Scott Gardiner (66) and Brenden Pappas (67) followed at 17 under. Pappas moved from 25th to 22nd with $212,452, while Gardiner ended up 30th with $184,323

Jimmy Walker finished 25th on the money list with $196,896 — $1,094 ahead of Skip Kendall for the final PGA Tour spot. Walker shot a 70 to tie for 34th at 9 under.

“I just wanted to go out and play solid and I did for the most part,” Walker said. “I figured I was pretty close. I knew I was bubble boy. I had fun. I shot another round under par. I thought four for the week would get it done.”

B.J. Staten had a chance to knock out Walker, but missed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th and a 20-footer on 18. Staten shot a 69 to tie for eighth at 15 under.

“It just wasn’t my back nine. I hit some good putts, but left them short,” said Staten, 28th on the money list. “It’s not a lot of fun out there when you know you need to make them to get on the PGA Tour.”

The biggest losers were Kendall and David McKenzie.

Kendall began the week 22nd on the money list, but missed five birdie putts on the back nine inside 12 feet and couldn’t overtake Walker.

“You know, it was in my hands,” said Kendall, whose 69 left him tied for 21st at 11 under. “I missed a lot of putts all week. That’s kind of been my Achilles’ heel. It showed here as well. I didn’t do it and I really haven’t done it in a while.”

McKenzie also shot a 69 to tie for 21st. He dropped from 23rd on the money list to 27th, $2,240 from the final spot.

Players Nos. 26-40 on the final money list are exempt into final stage of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

Final scores with relation to par and earnings from theNationwide Tour Championship, played Nov. 1-4 at the par-71, 7,008-yardBarona Creek Golf Club in Lakeside, Calif.:

1. Richard Johnson $139,500
66-64-67-67–264

-20 2. Michael Letzig 83,700
60-66-73-66–265

-19 3. Martin Laird 44,950
65-68-67-66–266

-18 3. Tom Scherrer 44,950
66-65-67-68–266

-18 5. Scott Gardiner 29,450
71-67-63-66–267

-17 5. Brenden Pappas 29,450
66-66-68-67–267

-17 7. David Hearn 25,963
70-66-67-65–268

-16 8. Garth Mulroy 21,700
69-70-65-65–269

-15 8. James Driscoll 21,700
64-71-67-67–269

-15 8. B.J. Staten 21,700
65-66-69-69–269

-15 8. Kelly Grunewald 21,700
67-65-67-70–269

-15 12. Jeremy Anderson 17,050
71-68-66-65–270

-14 12. Ron Whittaker 17,050
69-66-66-69–270

-14 14. Kyle Thompson 13,950
68-69-66-68–271

-13 14. Chez Reavie 13,950
67-67-68-69–271

-13 14. Gary Christian 13,950
63-69-69-70–271

-13 17. Jeff Klauk 11,238
66-71-68-67–272

-12 17. Scott Sterling 11,238
69-67-68-68–272

-12 17. Tjaart van der Walt 11,238
63-68-71-70–272

-12 17. Jim McGovern 11,238
65-66-68-73–272

-12 21. Nicholas Thompson 7,411
69-67-71-66–273

-11 21. David Mathis 7,411
69-67-70-67–273

-11 21. Fabian Gomez 7,411
66-69-70-68–273

-11 21. Skip Kendall 7,411
68-67-69-69–273

-11 21. David McKenzie 7,411
67-68-69-69–273

-11 21. Brad Adamonis 7,411
66-70-68-69–273

-11 21. D.A. Points 7,411
71-66-67-69–273

-11 21. Brock Mackenzie 7,411
67-68-68-70–273

-11 29. Omar Uresti 5,425
71-65-71-67–274

-10 29. Todd Demsey 5,425
72-68-65-69–274

-10 29. Roland Thatcher 5,425
67-64-73-70–274

-10 29. Peter Tomasulo 5,425
66-74-65-69–274

-10 29. John Kimbell 5,425
68-70-64-72–274

-10 34. Chad Collins 4,650
68-69-70-68–275

-9 34. Patrick Sheehan 4,650
68-68-71-68–275

-9 34. Jimmy Walker 4,650
68-69-68-70–275

-9 34. Rick Price 4,650
72-66-67-70–275

-9 34. Brad Elder 4,650
73-65-65-72–275

-9 39. Esteban Toledo 4,108
69-69-68-70–276

-8 39. Miguel Carballo 4,108
70-68-67-71–276

-8 41. Vance Veazey 3,720
70-72-68-67–277

-7 41. Chris Nallen 3,720
71-71-66-69–277

-7 41. Bob Burns 3,720
68-65-71-73–277

-7 44. John Riegger 3,083
70-68-71-69–278

-6 44. Arjun Atwal 3,083
68-75-67-68–278

-6 44. Paul Claxton 3,083
72-70-66-70–278

-6 44. Matthew Jones 3,083
71-69-67-71–278

-6 44. Jon Mills 3,083
69-71-67-71–278

-6 44. Greg Chalmers 3,083
69-65-72-72–278

-6 44. Hunter Haas 3,083
71-68-66-73–278

-6 51. Justin Bolli 2,790
69-71-71-68–279

-5 52. Franklin Langham 2,732
66-71-75-68–280

-4 52. Marc Turnesa 2,732
72-70-69-69–280

-4 54. Tee McCabe 2,674
68-71-73-69–281

-3 55. Aron Price 2,635
68-70-67-77–282

-2 56. Tim Wilkinson 2,596
70-75-72-69–286
+ 2 WD. Jason Day

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