By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Do you think Tim Petrovic was excited about the possibility of winning for the first time on the PGA TOUR since 2005?
You bet he was. Settling for second place wasn’t so bad, either.
Petrovic carded a 7-under 64 to shoot to the top of the leaderboard in the final round of the Frys.com Open at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., finishing while his nearest challengers had several holes to play.
“I’m trying to let the adrenaline come down right now,” Petrovic told Golf Channel after his round on Sunday. “I came off, my hands were shaking coming off the last hole I was so pumped up. If I had a cup of coffee right now I’d shoot right out of this chair.”
Eventually, Jonas Blixt took home the title and Petrovic finished in a second-place tie. That moved Petrovic from No. 200 to No. 132 on the money list — well within striking distance of the top 125.
Petrovic eagled the par-5 ninth hole after his second shot finished 3 feet from the hole. He also birdied Nos. 14 and 15 — chipping in on the 15th — bogeyed No. 16 and birdied the 17th.
Petrovic said he was just working to finish well at CordeValle and then get into the field at next week’s McGladrey Classic — where he was an alternate. He said he played his final round just like a Monday qualifier.
After his final round, Petrovic qualified for next week.
“I kind of attacked it like I was playing a one-and-done, Monday qualifier,” he said. “It kept me focused all day and it seemed to work.”