Adams Claims 6th eGolf Tour Win
Frank Adams III, of Laurinburg, shot a final-round 69 to come from behind and win the eGolf Tour’s Golf in Morocco Classic played at Columbia (S.C.) Country Club.
It was the sixth win of his career on the tour, dating back to when it was known as the Tarheel Tour.
Tadd Fujikawa held a two-shot lead after the third round but had problems with his driver and faded to an 82.
“Tadd was struggling early, and I bogeyed the second hole, but then thankfully birdied No. 3,” said Adams, who came to the watery par-3 fifth trailing Fujikawa by just one shot. “On the fifth, I hit a 9-iron over the water to three feet, and I promise you that is not the easiest shot in the world.”
At the turn, Adams was 3-under-par for his round and 14-under for the tournament, clinging to a one-shot cushion over playing partner Chris Baker, of Brownstown, Ind. Adams shot 67-68-69-69—273, 14-under par, and won $34,477.
Baker entered the week with three missed cuts in three starts in 2010 and was looking for some ray of hope to turn his year around. Opening rounds of 66-68-71 placed him in Saturday’s final pairing, and at 2-under through nine holes, he had positioned himself to make a run at Adams on the closing nine at Columbia.
When Adams posted uncharacteristic bogeys at 10 and 11, Baker briefly jumped into the lead with just seven holes to play. Adams made birdie on the par-5 12th, and then Baker matched that with a birdie at the short par-4 13th. Both birdied the par-5 15th and came to the tricky par-3 17th tied for the lead.
With a back left hole location, both players fired at the deceptive pin but came up short in the left greenside bunker. While Adams had a good lie, Baker’s ball was farther from the green and was semi-buried. Adams got up and down, while Baker made bogey.
Holding the one-stroke lead, Adams made par on the final hole for the win. An approach left just short of the green actually gave Adams a more difficult up and down than Baker, who missed his approach short and right in another greenside bunker. With a bump-and-run pitch or using the putter as his two decisions, Adams opted for the safer of the two on the 72nd hole.
“Pitching the ball crossed my mind, but the grass is just so tight. My putt kicked about six or seven feet out to the left of the hole — just a little more than I was looking to have for the win,” Adams said. But he made the putt and celebrated with a fist pump.
With the victory, Adams moved up to No. 2 on the tour’s 2010 money list with earnings of $41,637. He is second on the tour’s all-time wins list with six, trailing only Matt Cannon.
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