Former Gator McCumber wins Florida Open by two

Florida's Tyler McCumber

Florida's Tyler McCumber

Tyler McCumber, a University of Florida product, added another state title to his resume on Sunday with his victory at the Florida Open. The three-day event was played at Quail Valley Golf Club and Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, in Vero Beach, Fl.

McCumber, who won the Florida State Amateur in 2011, carded rounds of 69-68-67 to beat his closest competitor Nyasha Mauchaza by two shots. Mauchaza, who led after the first and second round, finished alone in second place after firing an impressive final-round, 7-under 65.

Starting the third round, McCumber played aggressive and consistent golf with front-side birdies on Nos. 3, 6 and 7. Heading to the back McCumber played close to perfect racking up four straight birdies on Nos. 11-14.

After missing the green on the par-3 12th hole, McCumber chipped in for a birdie building his lead to four strokes and forcing the rest of the field to play catch-up.

Never looking back, McCumber continued his aggressive play. With birdies on holes 13 and 14 he further separated himself from the field. McCumber finished his victorious round at 12 under.

“I felt really comfortable all day, I was hitting it good and putting it well,” McCumber said. “It was great to finally see my putting come around.”

With this win, McCumber, who is the son of PGA pro Mark McCumber, achieved his first win as a professional.

Chase Seiffert, the defending champion, finished tied for third with Rod Perry. Robert Geibel, finished in fifth place as the low amateur after posting a 7-under total of 209.

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