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Immelman’s Comeback Continues

Fort Wayne, Indiana | Trevor Immelman added a second green jacket to his closet on Sunday and virtually assured his PGA Tour return next season with a victory at the Hotel Fitness Championship, the debut tournament in the new Tour Finals. The blazer came courtesy of the Western Golf Association, the tournament’s host organization, and the victory thanks to a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole that capped a final-round 66 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. A 33-year-old South African and the 2008 Masters champion, Immelman finished at 20-under-par 268, one stroke ahead of third-round leader Patrick Cantlay (closing 72), who missed an eight-foot birdie putt at the last that would have forced a playoff. Scott Gardiner (68) and Kevin Kisner (70) finished tied for third, two strokes back. “There’s no doubt this is huge for me,” said Immelman, who finished No. 143 on the 2013 Fed-ExCup points list, thereby eliminating him from the PGA Tour playoffs and throwing him in with the 150 players vying for 2013-14 Tour playing privileges in the Tour Finals. “It was so disappointing to lose my card. I’m not going to lie, I’ve struggled since 2008. I’ve been wondering if I’d be able to get back to playing the way I know I can play.” For the last few seasons, Immelman has been recovering from 2009 wrist surgery. The injury limited him to just 32 PGA Tour starts in 2009-10, and despite earning more than $1 million in 2011 he’s finished outside the top 125 the last two seasons. Immelman made just 12 of 24 cuts in 2013, with his best finish a T9 at the Heritage.


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