SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Ben Silverman set a goal to become a member of the PGA TOUR before he turned 30. The 29-year-old Silverman birdied the par-5 18th hole, carded a final-round, 4-under 67 and finished at 25-under-par 263, one ahead of Talor Gooch of Midwest City.
Chesson Hadley had a chance to tie Silverman, with an eagle at the last, but hit his approach into the water and made par to finish solo third, two back.
For the second consecutive year, Canada’s flag was raised during the trophy ceremony in Springfield, Missouri. Following in Mackenzie Hughes’ footsteps, the 29-year-old from Thornhill, Ontario, hoisted the trophy and collected a check worth $121,500 on the 18th green at Highland Springs Country Club. The first-place prize moved Silverman from No. 63 to No. 16 on the money list and secured his TOUR card for the 2017-18 season.
Silverman saw Gooch birdie the 72nd hole in the group in front of him to tie for the lead at 24-under. Silverman’s mind was made up when Gooch tied him for the lead. From 201 yards, the Florida Atlantic University grad hit a 5-iron to 15 feet and two-putted for his maiden Tour win.
With his carer-best second-place finish, Gooch jumped from 39th to 20th on the Web.com Tour money list. The top 25 earn a promotion to the PGA Tour in 2017-18.
The other Oklahoman with a solid chance to finish in the top 25, Taylor Moore of Edmond, dropped five spots to 36 when he missed the cut despite shooting 4-under in the first two rounds.
On the PGA Tour this week, former Edmond North golfer Robert Streb finished tied for 22nd in the PGA Championship at 1 over par, moving him to 78th in Fed-Ex Cup points with one event to go before the playoffs begin.
Former Oklahoma Sooner Max McGreevy tied for fourth this weekend in the ATB Financial Classic in Calgary on the Mackenzie Tour. McGreevy moved up to 14th on the tour’s money list with the top five earning exempt spots on the Web.com Tour for 2018.