(NORTH PLAINS, OR) For the third consecutive year, Pumpkin Ridge hosted the world’s best golfers as they played the four most important rounds of their season. As the Regular Season Finale, Portland is where players arrive hoping to punch their ticket to the PGA TOUR. Twenty events precede the WinCo Foods Portland Open; however it is here where anything can happen and always does. Take a look at some of the most fascinating story lines that played out in Portland this year.
Drive for Show, Putt for… a PGA TOUR Card… For Rick Lamb this was exactly the scenario that led to him receiving his PGA TOUR card. Lamb entered the week ranked 27th and needed a strong finish to jump into the coveted top 25. He responded to the pressure by firing a final round score of 68, including a birdie on the 18th hole to move him into the 24th position and flying home with a PGA TOUR card amongst his luggage.
The Waiting Game… Players on the course weren’t the only ones watching names ebb and flow in and out of The 25. Joel Dahmen, a native of Clarkston, WA entered the week ranked 22nd on the money list but missed the cut on Friday and was perhaps the most interested spectator come Sunday afternoon. There was a point when his name was in the dreaded 26th position however things fell in Dahmen’s favor as he finished squarely on the bubble landing 25th on Sunday and leaving Portland with his TOUR card.
A 68 a Day Keeps a PGA TOUR Card in Play… Mark Anderson, whose wife was due with their child any day heading into the weekend certainly had plenty on his mind as play began. Anderson entered the weekend in need of two stellar rounds to have a chance at his PGA TOUR card. Anderson shot scores of 68 on both Saturday and Sunday to jump from 51st to 16th on the money list and cap a whirlwind weekend with his PGA TOUR Card.
Sunday Belongs to Sparty… Solid from start to finish, our champion and former Michigan State golf coach Ryan Brehm charged out of the gates on Thursday with a round of 63 and he never looked back. Brehm calmly picked apart the challenging Witch Hollow layout on Sunday and stood on the 18th tee with a two shot lead. Twenty minutes later he was holding the trophy and had locked up his spot on the PGA TOUR next season.