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McLachlin hangs on to win in Reno

ASSOCIATED PRESS

RENO, Nev. – Parker McLachlin shot a 2-over 74 Sunday and still cruised to his first PGA Tour victory by seven strokes at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open.

McLachlin, in his second season on the PGA Tour, recovered from trouble time after time to card 14 pars, three bogeys and a birdie on the 18th to finish the tourney at 18-under 270.

“It feels like it has been a lifetime coming. It has been a dream of mine since I was about 12,” said McLachlin, 29, who grew up in Hawaii and played at UCLA. “This is a huge stepping stone for me.”

The 29-year-old tied the course record with a 10-under 62 on Friday and set a 54-hole record at 20-under at the 7,472-yard Montreux Golf & Country Club near Lake Tahoe. But he had to scramble his way to the $540,000 winner's check after hitting only four greens in regulation for the day. Brian Davis and John Rollins tied for second at 11-under 277.

England's Davis trailed by only four strokes with five holes to go but had a double bogey and two bogeys down the stretch to shoot a 75. A shot back tied for fourth were Martin Laird (66), Harrison Frazar (69), Eric Axley (69) and Ryan Palmer (70).

On Sunday, McLachlin hit only one of his first 10 greens – only five for the round – but relied on his wedge and putter to save par, including a 12-footer after he had driven into the rough behind large pine trees on the par-4 fifth and a 9-footer after blasting out of a greenside bunker on the sixth.

McLachlin started the day with a six-stroke lead over Davis, but slipped back to four when Davis chipped in out of a bunker on the par-5 11th to get to 15-under and McLachlin missed a 6-foot birdie attempt to remain at 19-under.

The leader was in trouble again on the par-3 12th when his tee shot went in a waste area 20 yards right and short of the green but again managed to chip out of the pine needles to within 15 feet and make the putt. He also chipped out of a greenside bunker on No. 13 to 8 feet then rolled it in.

His lead grew to six again when Davis double-bogeyed after he took two shots to get out of a bunker at No. 14, while McLachlin two-putted for par from 12 feet.

McLachlin's drive hit a tree and landed in a pond on the 636-yard, par-5 17th, but his 200-yard fourth shot made the back of the green and he two-putted from 60 feet for a bogey. He putted 15 feet for birdie on the 18th to join four others who claimed their first PGA wins at Reno – Notah Begay III (1998), Chris Riley (2002), Vaughn Taylor (2004) and Will MacKenzie (2006).

“Brian was putting the heat on and I was feeling it. I was just gutting it out,” McLachlin said. “I didn't have much in the tank. It was all I had. I'm pretty spent right now.”

The closest McLachlin had come to winning on the PGA Tour before was a tie for fifth in May at the AT&T Classic.

With the top 50 golfers in the world playing at the Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, McLachlin entered the week ranked 98th on the money list, but the $540,000 first-place check at Reno gives him $1.28 million on the year and should push him at least inside the top 70. It also ensures him a spot in next week's PGA Championship, his first major since he qualified for the U.S. Open in 2004.

Last year on the Nationwide Tour, McLachlin led the National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic by seven strokes entering the final round, but shot a final-round 77 to finish tied for fourth.

A similar scenario was possible on Sunday without his heroics around the greens. From 60 feet away on the 220-yard par-3 No. 7, he chipped to within 4 feet and made the putt then dropped a 6-footer after chipping from 50 feet on the par-4 No. 8.

With the wind swirling on the downhill, 616-yard, par-5 No. 9, his attempt to layup safe with his second shot landed on the side of a hill in six-inch deep rough 85 yards short of the pin. But again he chipped onto the fringe within 15 feet and two putted for par to make the turn at even-par 36.

The streak of par saves ended on the 494-par, par-5 10th when he hit in a bunker behind the green and missed a 12-footer for par.

Final scores with relation to par and earnings from the Reno-TahoeOpen, played July 31-Aug. 3 at the par-72, 7,472-yard Montreux Golf and CountryClub in Reno, Nev.:

1. Parker McLachlin (2,250) $540,000 68-62-66-74–270

-18 2. Brian Davis (1,100) 264,000 67-67-68-75–277

-11 2. John Rollins (1,100) 264,000 70-66-70-71–277

-11 4. Martin Laird (492) 118,125 73-70-69-66–278

-10 4. Harrison Frazar (492) 118,125 67-68-74-69–278

-10 4. Eric Axley (492) 118,125 72-66-71-69–278

-10 4. Ryan Palmer (492) 118,125 71-66-71-70–278

-10 8. Mark Wilson (363) 87,000 74-67-71-67–279

-9 8. Jason Gore (363) 87,000 68-70-70-71–279

-9 8. John Merrick (363) 87,000 67-67-73-72–279

-9 11. Kevin Na (288) 69,000 71-69-71-69–280

-8 11. Brenden Pappas (288) 69,000 74-67-69-70–280

-8 11. Bob Heintz (288) 69,000 71-69-69-71–280

-8 14. Steve Elkington (200) 48,000 73-69-73-66–281

-7 14. Jonathan Byrd (200) 48,000 71-73-70-67–281

-7 14. Rob Grube 0 48,000 70-74-69-68–281

-7 14. Mathias Gronberg (200) 48,000 68-68-74-71–281

-7 14. Carlos Franco (200) 48,000 68-69-72-72–281

-7 14. Jay Delsing (200) 48,000 68-72-69-72–281

-7 14. Andrew Buckle (200) 48,000 70-69-68-74–281

-7 21. John Riegger (117) 28,163 72-72-72-66–282

-6 21. Tim Wilkinson (117) 28,163 73-71-69-69–282

-6 21. Robert Garrigus (117) 28,163 74-69-68-71–282

-6 21. John Huston (117) 28,163 70-66-73-73–282

-6 21. Marco Dawson (117) 28,163 67-73-69-73–282

-6 21. Y.E. Yang (117) 28,163 72-70-67-73–282

-6 21. Lee Janzen (117) 28,163 71-70-68-73–282

-6 21. Joe Ogilvie (117) 28,163 70-66-72-74–282

-6 29. Charley Hoffman (83) 19,950 69-69-75-70–283

-5 29. Jason Dufner (83) 19,950 74-69-69-71–283

-5 29. Ben Crane (83) 19,950 71-70-70-72–283

-5 29. Glen Day (83) 19,950 72-70-69-72–283

-5 33. Ian Leggatt (69) 16,575 68-76-71-69–284

-4 33. Larry Mize (69) 16,575 68-66-79-71–284

-4 33. Kevin Streelman (69) 16,575 68-73-69-74–284

-4 33. Cameron Beckman (69) 16,575 68-71-69-76–284

-4 37. Jeff Overton (55) 13,200 65-75-75-70–285

-3 37. Tom Scherrer (55) 13,200 70-68-74-73–285

-3 37. A. Canizares (55) 13,200 71-67-74-73–285

-3 37. Tag Ridings (55) 13,200 68-73-71-73–285

-3 37. Greg Kraft (55) 13,200 72-68-71-74–285

-3 37. Robert Gamez (55) 13,200 71-69-70-75–285

-3 43. Neal Lancaster (40) 9,620 69-73-73-71–286

-2 43. Nick Watney (40) 9,620 73-70-71-72–286

-2 43. Gavin Coles (40) 9,620 74-68-72-72–286

-2 43. Kent Jones (40) 9,620 72-70-71-73–286

-2 43. Michael Allen (40) 9,620 68-71-73-74–286

-2 43. Tim Herron (40) 9,620 72-69-71-74–286

-2 49. Len Mattiace (31) 7,485 69-73-73-72–287

-1 49. Doug LaBelle II (31) 7,485 72-72-69-74–287

-1 49. Bob Estes (31) 7,485 69-66-76-76–287

-1 49. Chip Sullivan 0 7,485 72-72-65-78–287

-1 53. Omar Uresti (29) 6,980 68-70-77-73–288

E 53. Notah Begay III (29) 6,980 69-74-70-75–288

E 53. Patrick Sheehan (29) 6,980 72-70-68-78–288

E 56. Dan Forsman (28) 6,810 72-70-74-73–289
+ 1 56. Scott Sterling (28) 6,810 72-72-72-73–289
+ 1 58. Jimmy Walker (28) 6,630 72-71-72-75–290
+ 2 58. Ryan Moore (28) 6,630 72-68-74-76–290
+ 2 58. Charles Warren (28) 6,630 68-69-74-79–290
+ 2 58. Kirk Triplett (28) 6,630 71-72-68-79–290
+ 2 62. Ryan Armour (27) 6,420 76-68-77-70–291
+ 3 62. Ted Schulz (27) 6,420 69-75-72-75–291
+ 3 62. Dennis Paulson (27) 6,420 71-71-73-76–291
+ 3 65. Jin Park (26) 6,270 70-72-71-79–292
+ 4 65. Kevin Stadler (26) 6,270 70-70-72-80–292
+ 4 67. Spike McRoy (26) 6,150 71-72-75-75–293
+ 5 67. Nick Flanagan (26) 6,150 69-65-77-82–293
+ 5 69. Matt Jones (25) 6,060 71-72-72-80–295
+ 7 70. Kenneth Ferrie (25) 6,000 72-72-75-78–297
+ 9 71. Rick Fehr (25) 5,940 70-71-80-81–302
+ 14 • • •

Missed the cut

72. Olin Browne

72-73–145
+ 1 72. Chad Collins

76-69–145
+ 1 72. Gabriel Hjertstedt

72-73–145
+ 1 72. Jim McGovern

71-74–145
+ 1 72. Paul Claxton

72-73–145
+ 1 77. Jay Williamson

74-72–146
+ 2 77. Steve Pate

72-74–146
+ 2 77. Nathan Green

74-72–146
+ 2 77. Mark Hensby

77-69–146
+ 2 77. Dicky Pride

78-68–146
+ 2 77. Scott McCarron

76-70–146
+ 2 77. Richard Johnson

75-71–146
+ 2 77. Nicholas Thompson

71-75–146
+ 2 77. Mike Heinen

76-70–146
+ 2 86. Alex Cejka

74-73–147
+ 3 86. Kenny Knox

75-72–147
+ 3 86. Mike Standly

78-69–147
+ 3 86. Grant Waite

73-74–147
+ 3 86. Paul Stankowski

75-72–147
+ 3 86. Mark Brooks

69-78–147
+ 3 86. Kris Cox

74-73–147
+ 3 93. Guy Boros

76-72–148
+ 4 93. Ron Whittaker

77-71–148
+ 4 93. Cody Freeman

71-77–148
+ 4 93. Dick Mast

69-79–148
+ 4 93. Ted Purdy

72-76–148
+ 4 93. Travis Perkins

72-76–148
+ 4 93. J.L. Lewis

75-73–148
+ 4 100. Scott Gump

75-74–149
+ 5 100. David Peoples

77-72–149
+ 5 100. Marc Turnesa

75-74–149
+ 5 100. Steve Allan

72-77–149
+ 5 100. Bob Burns

70-79–149
+ 5 100. Willie Wood

74-75–149
+ 5 100. Tommy Gainey

74-75–149
+ 5 107. Garrett Willis

72-78–150
+ 6 107. Jeff Maggert

75-75–150
+ 6 107. Craig Kanada

71-79–150
+ 6 107. Todd Demsey

77-73–150
+ 6 111. Michael Clark II

74-77–151
+ 7 111. Jeff Gove

77-74–151
+ 7 111. Jon Mills

75-76–151
+ 7 111. James Driscoll

74-77–151
+ 7 111. Bob Sowards

75-76–151
+ 7 116. David Lutterus

78-74–152
+ 8 116. Robin Freeman

77-75–152
+ 8 118. Brad Elder

78-75–153
+ 9 118. Michelle Wie

73-80–153
+ 9 118. Phil Tataurangi

78-75–153
+ 9 118. Dave Rummells

77-76–153
+ 9 122. Brent Geiberger

80-74–154
+ 10 122. David Duval

78-76–154
+ 10 122. Jason Allred

79-75–154
+ 10 125. Nolan Henke

80-75–155
+ 11 125. Trevor Dodds

79-76–155
+ 11 127. Blaine McCallister

75-81–156
+ 12 127. Barry Jaeckel

78-78–156
+ 12 129. Ricardo Leibovich

87-77–164
+ 20 130. Lance Ten Broeck

88-79–167
+ 23 WD. Tom Byrum

75-WD

WD. Chris Riley

80-WD

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