MADISON, MISS. Former NC State golfer Marc Turnesa narrowly missed out on his first PGA Tour win this weekend, as he finished second at the Viking Classic in Madison, Mississippi. The first-year PGA Tour player was in a three-way tie for the lead after all 72 holes were played, but lost on the second playoff hole. Will MacKenzie earned the win after a birdie on that second playoff hole.
On the first playoff hole, MacKenzie stayed alive with a two-putt birdie from 59 feet, while Turnesa sank an 11-footer.
At the second extra hole, MacKenzie hit the green in two and Turnesa needed three shots. MacKenzie two-putted from 63 feet for another birdie, and won when Turnesa missed his 18-footer.
Turnesa took the lead into the par-4 17th, but dropped back with a double bogey.
"I played well most of the day until that 17th hole," Turnesa said. "I made a mistake there that cost me the tournament."
He went 65, 68, 66, and 70 in the four rounds to finish at 19-under par and his top finish this year.
Turnesa, who’s best finish this year was a tie for 22nd, ranked 169th on the money list with $263,000, going into the tournament. His second-place finish paid $316,800, boosting him to $580,052 and a tie for 130 on the money list.