STUART APPLEBY did the best of the Aussies at the 2014 McGladrey Classic in Georgia, won by America’s Robert Streb in a playoff.
Appleby shot a final round 1-under 69 to finish the US PGA Tour event tied for 22nd on 7-under.
Robert Allenby (67) was next best at 7-under tied for 41st with Aaron Baddeley (70) at 4-under and Cameron Percy (70) at 2-under.
The 27 year old Streb snatched his first PGA Tour victory after he played the shot of his young career to put an 8-iron to four foot for birdie on the second extra hole of a three-man playoff.
That shot cruelled the chances of Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge (who is Sydney-bound for the Australian Open later this month) who was seeking his own maiden tour victory but ended up tied second with the other playoff contender, Will MacKenzie, who was eliminated on the first extra hole.
“What can you do? He hit a great shot,” said de Jonge, who closed with a 65 to tie the Americans at 14-under at Sea Island.
Streb’s first win was no picnic. He opened the tournament with a duck-hook into a bush for double bogey and spent the next two days worried about making the cut.
After finishing his final round he then had to wait 90 minutes before it was confirmed he was in a playoff.McGladrey Classic Results
Video: Robert Streb wins The McGladrey Classic