August 17, 2014

Piller holds off surging Burgoon to win in Tennessee

Martin Piller carded an 8-under 63 in Sunday's final round and he was able to hold off a surging Bronson Burgoon to win the News Sentinel Open by two shots.

Farragut, TN ( - Martin Piller carded an 8-under 63 in Sunday's final round and he was able to hold off a surging Bronson Burgoon to win the News Sentinel Open by two shots.

Piller missed out on tying the Fox Den Country Club course record by one shot, ending his week at 22-under-par 262. In the meantime, Burgoon did tie the course record with a 9-under 62, but it was not quite enough as he finished in sole possession of second place at 20-under 264.

The victory is Piller's third on the Tour and his first since winning both the Stadion Athens Classic and the Cox Classic in 2010.

"I don't even know what to say right now," Piller said. "It's been a tough couple of years, but this is sweet."

Darron Stiles also had a strong day with a 64 and he ended in third at 18- under 266, four shots back. Ryan Armour (65) finished in fourth at minus-17, while Vaughn Taylor (64) came in fifth at 16-under 268.

Entering the day with a 1-shot lead over Fabian Gomez and J.J. Killeen, Piller started his round off with a par followed by a bogey at the second to drop him into a tie for first with Gomez and Killeen.

It became a five-way tie for first when D.J. Trahan and Armour made birdies to move to minus-13.

Gomez birdied the fourth to take the outright lead, but Piller responded with a birdie of his own at four to tie at 14-under. Piller took the lead with his second straight birdie at five.

Meanwhile, Burgoon made back-to-back birdies at seven and eight, pulling him one shot back at minus-14 with Gomez. Gomez dropped a shot at seven to fall back even further to 13-under and he never saw the lead again.

Piller, playing in the final group, picked up a big birdie at No. 8 to pull two shots ahead of Burgoon, who was tied with Stiles, Armour, Steve Allan and Aaron Watkins at 14-under.

However, Burgoon was about to start an incredible run with a birdie at No. 10, putting him one shot back. Piller countered with a gain of his own at nine, getting him to minus-17.

With his fourth birdie in five holes, Burgoon poured in his putt at 11 to get back to one shot behind. While Burgoon made his third straight birdie at 12, Piller drained a big eagle at the par-5 10th to remain two shots ahead at minus-19.

Burgoon made yet another birdie at 13, his fourth in a row and sixth in seven holes, to move one shot closer to Piller, who parred the 11th.

Play was suspended for a little over an hour due to inclement weather, but the players near the top of the leaderboard did not miss a beat when they came back out to resume their rounds.

Piller drained a birdie at No. 12 to get to 20-under, but Burgoon had another answer with his fifth straight gain at the par-4 14th. Burgoon's streak came to a close at No. 15 with his first and only bogey, but it dropped him a shot to minus-18 as Piller parred two in a row at 13 and 14.

Burgoon rebounded nicely with his sixth birdie on the back nine at No. 16, but Piller answered again with a gain at 15, putting him at 21-under and two shots ahead. Burgoon made another birdie at 17, making it seven straight holes without a par as he headed to the final hole needing a birdie to set the course record and put the pressure on Piller.

"I've been playing good all week," Burgoon said. "I've been hitting it close all week. I finally got some putts to fall. I'm thrilled, this gets me into the playoffs."

Like he had done all day, however, Piller came up huge with a big birdie at 16 to move two shots ahead at minus-22. Burgoon made his first and only par on the back nine at the last, while Piller coasted to two straight pars to secure his third victory on tour.

NOTES: Brad Schneider, who began the day at even par for the week, also tied the course record with a 62, ending in a tie for 30th at minus-9 ... Piller earned $99,000 with the victory ... The Tour finishes up its regular season next week at the inaugural WinCo Foods Portland Open in Oregon.

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