Goggin ends the drought

Mat GogginMATTHEW GOGGIN has won the first event on the 2011 Nationwide Tour with a two stroke victory over fellow Australian Alistair Presnell and American Darron Stiles in Panama City today.

It will be a welcome win for the popular Tasmanian who was relegated to the second string US tour at the end of 2010 after five years on the main US PGA Tour.

“It’s been a long time,” Goggin said. “I’ve had some opportunities over the years but it’s tough to win. It’s tough to win anywhere.”

Goggin finished with rounds of 68, 66, 67 and 68 for an 11 under total of 269 at the Golf Club of Panama.

 “You don’t have to shoot the best score every day, you just have to have the best one at the end,” Goggin said. “I accumulated the best score this week. Today was a day where it was more a question of momentum to lose. Par was a good score, it wasn’t one to go on a birdie spree.”

Goggin won on the Nationwide Tour twice in 1999 and has spent nine of the last 11 years on the main tour without a win.

Stiles finished with a 66, and Presnell a 73.

Erik Compton, the two-time heart transplant recipient who had the lead midway through the final round, shot a 75—making a double bogey on the final hole—to tie for fourth with Tommy Biershenk (68) at 8 under.

“I was trying to win the golf tournament on 18. I tried to hit a hard wedge and get it close,” said Compton, whose shot spun off the front of the green.

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