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    Turnesa Falls in Playoff at PGA's Viking Classic
     
     

    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.


     

     

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