Former OCU star notches top-five finish on PGA Tour

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CROMWELL, Conn. – Oklahoma City University alum Tyrone Van Aswegen turned in a tie for fifth place in the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship on Sunday at TPC River Highlands.

Van Aswegen posted a 67-66-65-71–269 to collect $231,825. Van Aswegen held the tournament lead by one shot after two rounds Friday and entered the last round tied for second and three strokes off the pace.

On Saturday, Van Aswegen buried six birdies among his final 10 holes and five on his last eight.

“It was awesome, man,” Van Aswegen said after his third-round performance. “That’s definitely good to see all the birdies going in, not bogeys and stuff like that. It was fun, and we definitely fed off each other. It was awesome to make some putts and hit some good shots.”

The 34-year-old Van Aswegen picked up his second career top-five finish. Van Aswegen tied for third in the Open on Oct. 15-18 to start the 2015-16 PGA Tour season, his third on the PGA.

Van Aswegen increased his season earnings to $995,882 and brought his stroke average to 71.15 in 28 events. Van Aswegen has made 22 cuts this season to earn more than his previous two seasons on the PGA combined. He boosted career earnings on the PGA Tour to $1,618,972.

“The OCU golf program is extremely proud of Tyrone’s performance this week,” Oklahoma City coach Kyle Blaser said. “I know he is probably a little disappointed that he didn’t win, but what a great confidence builder. He should have no doubt that he is one of the best players in the world, and his time to win is soon. He’s had a great year, and I look forward to a strong finish.”

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Van Aswegen garnered induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2015-16. Van Aswegen took the 2002 NAIA individual champion along with three all-American nods while leading the Stars to four national titles. He recorded a 72.88 career scoring average and seven wins during his OCU career from 2000-04. 


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