DULUTH, Ga. – Willie Mack III ran down three early birdies to pull away and finished Tuesday with an 8-under 64 for a six-stroke victory in the Mastercard APGA Tour Championship.
The win was worth $ 27,500 to Mack. He earned $ 10,000 for winning the TPC Sugarloaf, along with $ 17,500 for winning the Lexus Cup Points title and Player of the Year.
It stretched an unforgettable seven months for Mack, who received sponsorship exemptions for two PGA tournaments on the West Coast Swing, and then achieved the cut in his last two PGA tournaments at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and John Deere Classic.
Patrick Newcombe has a 69 to finish second. Tim O’Neal (70) and Aaron Beverly (71) were another shot back and tied for third.
Mack finished the 36-hole event at 15-under 129.
Winning the Lexus Cup includes a full scholarship to qualify for next month’s Korn Ferry Tour in Florida. Mack has also been using a Lexus for a year.
Mack also participated in two Korn Ferry Tour events this year, making the cut in one of them.
“I could play better with the opportunities that came with it,” he said. “Knowing that I can play there (on the PGA Tour) definitely helps my confidence.”
The touring championship was the 11th event of the 2021 season at the Advocates Professional Golf Association. TPC Sugarloaf is the sixth TPC property to host APGA Tour events this year in partnership with the PGA Tour.
The APGA was established in 2008 with the aim of bringing more diversity to the game of golf.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.