Prugh Finishes Strong To Place Fifth at Bob Hope Classic

Jan. 25, 2010

LA QUINTA, Calif. - Former Husky Alex Prugh birdied the final three holes in the fifth round of the Bob Hope Classic to claim third, two strokes behind winner Bill Haas. The PGA Tour rookie from Ferris HS in Spokane, Wash., shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to finish with a 332 overall (64-66-65-70-67).

For his five-day effort, Prugh earned $200,000 and the respect and admiration of his peers. He led after round three and was tied for the lead heading into the final round, putting himself in position to become the first alumni of the UW golf team to win a men's PGA Tour event.

But, Prugh was the victim of a slow start with just an even par 36 on the front nine that featured a bogey-5 on No. 4 and a birdie on No. 8. It was during that slow start that he dropped back in the pack and others gained ground on Prugh, in just his third PGA event.

The two-time All-American during his UW career bounced back in a big way on No. 11 when he holed out for an eagle from just off on the green. He shot even par from there until he buried birdie putts on the final three holes.

Prugh earned his tour card after finishing 16th on the money list in the Nationwide Tour last season. He almost equaled his yearly money total of $233,325 with his fifth-place finish.

Haas shot an 8-under 64 to finish 30-under 330 overall to win. Matt Kuchar, Tim Clark and Bubba Watson tied for second at 29-under 331.

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