Sim's 64 gives him six-stroke victory
HAYWARD, Calif. -- Australia's Michael Sim won the Stonebrae Classic on Sunday for his second career Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 7-under 64 for a six-stroke victory over countryman Cameron Percy and John Kimbell.
1. Sim (-18)
T-2. Kimbell (-12)
T-2. Percy (-12)
T-4. Every (-10)
T-4. Piller (-10)
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The 24-year-old Sim, also the 2006 PalmettoPride Classic winner, had an 18-under 266 total on the TPC San Francisco Bay at Stonebrae. He earned $108,000 in the inaugural event to jump from seventh to first on the money list with $182,017.
"I had a really good feeling that I was going to win today," Sim said after his third top-four finish in five events this year. "I felt all week like this was my tournament to win. My swing feels better than it's ever been. I didn't have a score in mind today. It was just flowing. I was really in control of my game."
Sim played the front nine in 5-under 31, birdieing the final four holes and five of the last six to take a four-stroke lead. He birdied the par-4 14th, made a 3-foot eagle putt on the par-5 15th, dropped a stroke on 16 and closed with two pars. He opened with rounds of 71, 64 and 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Matt Every into the final 18.
Sim, the top-ranked amateur in the world in 2005, led the field in fairways hit and tied for second in greens in regulation.
"My ball-striking this year has been fabulous," Sim said. "This is the best that's ever been in my career. It's higher now than when I was No. 1 as an am It's so much more consistent than it's ever been. I have a lot more trust in my swing."
The top 25 on the final money list will earn 2010 PGA Tour cards.
"I'm off to a good start this year, for sure," Sim said. "I set my goals high this year. I set a goal to lead the money list. I'm not looking at where the 25th-place guy finished last year."
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