Former Duke star Paolini wins on Challenge Tour
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Brinson Paolini fired a 4-under 68 to win his first Challenge Tour title on Sunday, picking up a birdie on the 72nd hole to clear Adrian Otaegui and Sihwan Kim by a shot at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge.
Paolini, a Duke product, has made only three starts on the Challenge Tour, also finishing T-2 in his maiden tournament (Swiss Challenge) and T-25 last week at the Mugello Tuscany Open.
Paolini turns 22 on Thursday.
"I'm young. I'm single. And I'd love to see Europe!" Paolini told ChallengeTour.com.
Paolini makes it four titles for Americans on the Challenge Tour in 2013, with Brooks Koepka having won three times and subsequently graduated to the European Tour. Koepka's success came on the heels of Peter Uihlein also dominating the Challenge Tour.
"I'd never played over here before," Paolini told ChallengeTour.com. "It is a great opportunity, to test yourself against the best players in the world. I obviously saw what Brooks and Peter had done and I loved seeing that, so I just want to follow in their footsteps."
Paolini, the 2013 Byron Nelson Award winner, has had quite the summer, winning the Virginia State Amateur at the end of June, while also being named a Golfweek All-American and PING second-team All-American after his senior campaign.
Paolini led Duke to its seventh ACC Championship this past season, the school's first title since 2005.