Sunday, April 15, 2012
Matt Harmon just missed setting a course record and Nationwide win at TCP Stonebrae
Matt Harmon of Grand Rapids Michigan flirted with history in the final round his Nationwide Tour 2nd place finish Sunday at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Ca. A 30 foot birdie putt at 17 moved Harmon to minus 9 for his round, meaning birdie on 18 would not only set a course record, but also force a playoff with eventual winner Alex Aragon. His 61 tied the low round ever at TPC Stonebrae which was set by last year's champion Daniel Chopra. Harmon tied for second with longtime PGA tour player Duffy Waldorf and Paul Haley II at minus 9, each earning $44,800. Harmon had 10 birdies and a bogey in the final round. This was year four for this Nationwide Tour stop, but could very well be the last. The event was staged without a Title Sponsor and crowds were dismal, as the first two days were staggered by fog and rain delays. Losing 2 hours Thursday and 4 Friday, golfers tee times were juggled. Several, like the winner Aragon took but a single shot Friday after waiting all day to play. (Aragon: http://youtu.be/mhI1T74MV-o ) Weekend weather was spectacular but too few fans were on hand to enjoy the closing drama, which was not part of The Golf Channel's TV coverage this year.