Chris Ross finished second, five shots back
Orlando, Fla. – After spending the majority of the 2012 season on the Web.com Tour, Jeff Corr returned to his roots this week and continued to do what he’s done so many times before – win.
Corr of Longwood finished with a 14-under 202 total en route to a five-shot win over Christopher Ross. The victory was the 11th for Corr on the NGA Pro Golf Tour and pushed his career earnings to nearly $630,000.
“I had some time off after the Web.com Tour season and I just relaxed for a week,” said Corr. “After that, I went back to work and continued to work on things to get better.”
It showed from the outset.
The former Jacksonville (Ala.) State University golfer started the week with a 4-under 68, which included six birdies and two bogeys, before pulling away from the field with a bogey-free 66 in the second round.
“I made a lot more putts in the second round,” said Corr, “and that’s really what this game comes down to.”
With a five-shot leading going into the final round, the 2011 NGA TOUR Player of the Year merely needed to avoid big numbers to secure his first Bridgestone Winter Series win of the season. He did it with ease.
Corr got to red numbers with a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole. A bogey on No. 6 dropped Corr back to even par for the day, but he bounced back with birdie on No. 7 and added three more on the inward nine to claim the title.
“[Today], I just teed it up, hit it and kept on finding it and tried to get it in the cup,” said Corr. “I wasn’t nervous. You do what you can do and see what happens at the end of the day. I just play golf for a living. I don’t think about the wins or the money. I take it one day at a time and keep going.”
Ross of Ontario, Canada, started the day five shots behind Corr and tried to apply some pressure in the final round. Ross, who made one PGA TOUR start this season, trimmed the lead down to three with a pair of early birdies on the front side, but the Eastern Michigan alum wouldn’t get any closer down the stretch, carding a 2-under 34 on the backside to finish solo second at 9-under par. The former BWS winner finished with rounds of 70-69-68 for a 9-under 207 total on Thursday.
Matt Hill, the 2009 NCAA Division I champion out of Toronto, Canada, also started the final round five shots behind Corr, but the former N.C. State standout was unable to keep pace in the final round, shooting an even-par 72 to finish at 5-under par and tied for third with Cory Stelick (70) and Sam Ryder (72).
Former University of South Carolina golfer Daniel Brunson of Greenville, S.C., posted a 4-under 68 in the final round to join Mathieu Gingras of Moncton, Canada, in a tie for sixth at 3-under par. Gingras shot a 2-under 70 on Thursday.
Jarrod Barsamian (75) finished eighth at 2-under par, while Ryan Brehm (66) and Zach Primavera (70) came home T9 at 1-under par.
The NGA TOUR, players and staff would like to thank Stoneybrook for a great week of play in the second event of the Bridgestone Winter Series. The NGA TOUR BWS will return to action next at Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
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