CANONSBURG, Pa. - England’s Gary Christian won the Nationwide Tour’s Mylan Classic on Sunday, shooting a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over John Mallinger.
The 40-year-old Christain earned $108,000 to jump from 27th to fourth on the money list with $230,040. The top 25 at the end of the season will earn 2012 PGA Tour cards.
“I’m biting my lip a little bit and I might be struggling. I’m not usually at a loss for words, but this might be one of those rare occasions,” Christian said. “It’s like a dream come true.”
Christian, a former Auburn player, finished at 17-under 267 on the Southpointe course.
“I think it was meant to be this week,” said Christian, also the winner of the tour’s 2009 Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. “Walking down the fairway today I was thinking it’s just my time.”
Mallinger closed with a 68. Craig Bowden (66) and Scott Brown (67) tied for third at 15 under.
India’s Rahil Gangjee became the third player in Nationwide Tour history to make a hole-in-one on a par 4. He used a driver to ace the 316-yard 15th, and finished with a 70 to tie for 32nd at 6 under.
“I was just trying to get it on the green, that was it. When it’s a driveable hole, you think you can get it close and maybe make eagle, but a hole-in-one, nobody thinks about that,” Gangjee said.
The last player to make a hole-in-one on a par-4 on the PGA Tour was Andrew Magee at the 333-yard, 17th hole at the 2001 Phoenix Open in Scottsdale.
Matthew Richardson of Woodbridge, Ont., closed with a second straight 71 to end the tournament at 2-under par.