Felton holes 10-foot birdie putt on final hole

Updated: June 19, 2005, 8:26 PM ET
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Australia's Kim Felton won his first Nationwide Tour title Sunday, holing a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over two-time PGA Tour winner David Peoples in the Knoxville Open.

The 30-year-old Felton, a three-time winner last year on the Von Nida Tour in Australia, closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 11-under 277 on the Fox Den course.

"I've never won anything this big before," Felton said. "This feels awesome, but it will feel even better once it sinks in.

"It was a shocker that the last putt went in the hole. My stroke was all over the place on that one. It sure seemed a lot longer than 10 feet," he said.

Felton earned $85,500 to jump from 74th to 12th on the money list with $108,021. The top 20 at the end of the season will receive 2006 PGA Tour cards.

"I didn't think a win would come this quickly," said Felton, making only his 13th career Nationwide Tour start. "Winning this early is a bit of a shock.

"My first goal this year was to keep my card for next year and with this win I've done that. Now my goal will be to the finish inside the top 20 on the money list," he said.

Peoples also closed with a 69.

"To have a chance to win is a great feeling," Peoples said. "I'm 45 years old. I haven't felt like this in a long time. But hat's off to Kim. That is pretty awesome knowing you have to birdie the last hole to win and then doing it."

Dan Olsen (65) and Mathew Goggin (67) tied for third at 9-under.


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