Aldridge wins inaugural Dallas Open by 2

Jun 8, 2015 - 12:38 AM Lewisville, TX ( - Tyler Aldridge used a big eagle in the middle of his round to shoot a 4-under 68 in Sunday's final round and went on to win by two shots at the inaugural Greater Dallas Open.

Aldridge, who entered the day with a 2-shot lead, finished the week at 23- under-par 265 and earned his first career victory on the Tour.

"It's the greatest feeling ever. I've worked so hard for this moment," Aldridge said. "I wish my family was here with me, but I'll see them soon."

Lucas Lee carded a 7-under 65, while Gregory Yates shot a 6-under 66 at The Lakes at Castle Hills and they finished tied for second at 21-under 267.

Adam Long (63) ended alone in fourth at minus-20. Steve Marino held the outright lead at one point on the final day, but he tripped up late. Marino carded a 2-under 70 and tied for fifth with Rick Cochran III (67) and Troy Matteson (68) at 19-under 269.

Aldridge extended his lead to three shots early on when he drained a birdie at the first. However, a bogey on three dropped him back to minus-19 and he was joined there by Marino and Michael Kim. Marino then made his third straight gain on four and Kim drained his fourth birdie in five holes at five, giving them the lead at 20-under.

Marino's fourth straight birdie on five gave him the outright lead, but a bogey on seven dropped him back to minus-20.

Long joined the party by making an eagle at the last, which got him to 20- under, but he simply ran out of holes. Following four straight pars, Aldridge holed a birdie on eight and it was a four-way tie for the lead.

Aldridge made it back-to-back birdies with one on nine, giving him the outright lead once again. Around the turn, Aldridge bogeyed 11 and was tied with Long and Marino once again.

Marino did not do enough down the stretch as he made three bogeys and only two birdies as he finished four shots back. Kim had a double-bogey, two bogeys and two birdies on the back nine as he finished tied for eighth and five strokes back.

Aldridge's biggest hole came at No. 12 when the 30-year-old drained a huge eagle at the par-5 to take a 2-shot lead.

Despite a bogey on No. 13, Aldridge never relinquished his lead for the rest of the day. Birdies on 14 and 16 kept the chasers at bay and he finished up with a pair of pars for his victory.

"The way I'm putting now versus five years ago is night and day," said Aldridge. "That eagle was huge. I actually had that same exact putt. The pin, I think it was Thursday, was just a little further left and it was pretty much the same read and about the same distance. All I could think about was alright, I've already made this. I was fortunate enough to make it and it was a key point for me."

Lee vaulted up the leaderboard with five birdies and an eagle on his round, but it was not quite enough as he had to come from too far back. Yates used a big stretch of four birdies in his final six holes to join Lee in second.

NOTES: Aldridge's best finish of the season prior to this win was a tie for sixth at the BMW Charity Pro-Am ... Aldridge also held the second-round lead ... No player to make the cut finished the week over par ... Aldridge earned $90,000 with this victory ... The Tour is in Ohio next week for the Rust-Oleum Championship, formerly the Cleveland Open, where Steven Alker beat out Dawie van der Walt on the Tour-record 11th playoff hole last year.

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