Parker McLachlin Wins First PGA Tour Event in Tahoe
Aug. 4, 2008
UCLA alumnus Parker McLachlin captured his first PGA Tour title Sunday, winning the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open at the 7,472-yard Montreux Golf & Country Club by six strokes over England's Brian Davis.
McLachlin posted rounds of 68-62-66-74--270 (-18). His second round 62 (-10) tied the course record and his 54-hole total of 196 (-20) also established a new record.
'It feels like a lifetime coming. It has been a dream of mine since I was about 12,' McLachlin said. 'This is a huge steppingstone for me.'
In addition to pocketing the $540,000 winner's check, McLachlin will receive invitations to this week's PGA Championship at Oakland Hills and the 2009 Mercedes Championship at the Plantations Course at Kapalua in his home state of Hawai'i.
For McLachlin, 29, the invitation to play at Kapalua has been a lifelong dream.
'I used to go over there and work that golf tournament, spending the week over there when I was 13, 14 years old being a standard bearer,' he recalled.
McLachlin's maiden victory did not arrive without some tense moments, but his six-shot lead entering the final round helped immensely. A fabulous short game bailed him out as he experienced a challenging day of ball-striking.
At the par 3 12th, his tee shot landed in a waste area near the green, but he made a 15-foot par putt to avoid a bogey. At the 13th, he blasted out of a greenside bunker and made an 8-footer for par. That seemed to break the spirit of Davis, who double-bogeyed the 14th after trimming the lead to four with five holes to play.
'It was not my best ball-striking day but it really brought out my short game and my heart,' said McLachlin. 'When everything else fails, I have 100 percent confidence I'm going to make putts.'
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