Kirk Triplett wins News Sentinel Open

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/AP) -- Three-time PGA Tour winner Kirk Triplett won the News Sentinel Open on Sunday to become the oldest winner in Nationwide Tour history at 49 years, 4 months, 29 days, closing with his second straight 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Marco Dawson.

Triplett used a very consistent approach to the tournament, "I think the tougher conditions worked to my favor cause I didn't think someone would shoot 62. The pins were a little tighter, the greens were a little firmer. When I didn't like a shot that I had I didn't try to force it. I was able to 2 putt from 30 thirty feet until I got my good opportunities and nobody really made a charge."

Triplett finished at 21 under on the Fox Den course and earned $90,000 to jump from 119th to 33rd on the money list with $110,523. The final top 25 will earn 2012 PGA Tour cards.

The 48-year-old Dawson also finished with a 68.

Ted Potter Jr. (69) and John Mallinger (70) tied for third at 18 under.

John Daly, playing on a sponsor exemption, had a 68 to tie for 32nd at 11 under.


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