Mylan Classic notebook: Final round at Southpointe provides struggles
August 5, 2013 12:00 PM
Ben Martin, winner of the Mylan Classic golf tournament, sinks his final putt of the tournament to finish 17-under par.
By Nick Veronica Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Dustin Garza pulled into Southpointe Golf Club Sunday morning in a tie for third place at the Mylan Classic, six shots back of the lead.
He played in the final grouping with leader and eventual champion Ben Martin. And he proceeded to have the worst day of any golfer on the course.
Garza shot above par on 10 holes, hitting six bogeys and four doubles. His final-round 83 was the worst round shot by any player in the tournament.
Had he shot even par and stayed at 7 under, Garza would've tied for third with six others and would have earned about $27,500. Instead, he dropped to a tie for 56th and made $2,126.25.
The majority of Scott Harrington's day Sunday did not go well.
"Everything that could've gone wrong did. Every putt that could've lipped out did," he said.
So on the par-5 13th, he thought better of using the putter and just hit the ball right in the hole, from 217 yards out for a double eagle.
"It couldn't have been worse," Harrington said of his round. "Well, I guess it could've been three strokes worse."
Harrington couldn't see the ball go in, but playing partner Fran Quinn told him it landed about a foot left of the hole, bounced sideways and landed right in the cup. He hit the shot with a 6-iron and had actually eagled that hole Saturday.
It was the only double eagle of the week and second in tournament history. Harrington said he last hit a double eagle in 2000 while playing for Northwestern. The double eagle was Harrington's only hole under par Sunday.
His 78 dropped him into a tie for 49th, which earned him $2,295.
Barber tweets about DQ
Blayne Barber hasn't spoken to media since being disqualified Friday, but he took to his iPhone Saturday night and shared some thoughts on Twitter.
"I've signed thousands of scorecards in my career, and this has never happened. I checked and doubled checked like I always do and didn't see the 3 on 16. The scoring table didn't either calculating a 66, which is what I shot," Barber wrote in a series of tweets.
Barber received notoriety in November for disqualifying himself from PGA Tour qualifying school almost a week after playing a round. He said at the time he prayed about the right thing to do and decided he needed to call the rules committee to discuss whether the penalty he had assessed himself was correct.
Friday he was disqualified for signing for a birdie on No. 16 when he actually shot par.
"This didn't catch God off guard," Barber tweeted. "I'm excited about my game! I played some great golf. I'm still young, lots of golf ahead! I trust the Master's plan."
New date helps event
This year's Mylan Classic moved up to the start of August from the end of the month, and tournament director Chase McClain said the new date helped the tournament.
Weather and lack of star power were thought to perhaps dampen attendance figures, but McClain said that wasn't the case.
"When you look at the last four years, I think you've got to say this is the best year we had from an attendance standpoint, with weather in our faces throughout the week," McClain said.
He said the event typically draws between 20,000-23,000 spectators. "Very weather dependent, very time-of-the-year dependent," he said.
"This was a good spot for us, got us away from college football ... you also get your teachers and your students back in the crowds, but then you also lose vacationers too."
McClain said exact attendance figures for the event aren't available yet. He hopes to finalize plans soon to bring the event back for a fifth year in 2014.