After finishing runner-up in 2017 and 11th
at last year’s Indiana Open Championship, Michael Davan, Zionsville, grabs his first win today at the 104th
Indiana Open Championship at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus.
Playing today with Fellow PGA TOUR Latinoamerica competitor Seth Fair, Brownsburg, Davan never wavered. Heading into the final round, Davan led the field by two shots after firing a nearly flawless 9-under-par, 63 yesterday.
“Shooting 63 was huge for me,” Davan said. “It gave me a two-shot cushion going into today. I knew playing against Seth wouldn’t be easy and he definitely put up a good fight.”
Fair, who began the day at 8-under-par, made an opening birdie on the par-5, 1st
to get within one, but as the day progressed, he was never able to quite close the gap. Davan maintained his lead until the end, finsihing the round with a birdie on 18 for a 7-under-par, 65 today.
“Almost the whole day, things could have gone either way between Seth and I,” Davan said. “On both sides, we missed a few putts that could have made the difference. It was a good battle.”
Fair trailed Davan by one shot for the entirety of the round until the par-4, 17th. With a strong iron game today, Fair consistently fired at pins, but couldn’t convert putts down the home stretch.
On the par-4, 17th, Davan sealed longtime-friend Fair’s fate with a short birdie conversion, and a two shot leading heading to the par-5, 18th
Davan went on to play 18 effortlessly, knocking it on in two and giving himself two putts for birdie. His 54-hole, 17-under-par finish was enough for a three-shot victory.
“I’m originally from Illinois and I’ve never won their State Open,” Davan said. “I’ve been close a couple of times, but never got the win. It really means a lot to me to win today. It’s actually the first 54-hole win of my career.”
Tomorrow, Davan and Fair will drive to Iowa together to compete in two upcoming Open events at Waterloo and Cedar Rapids.
“It was really fun playing with a friend today,” Davan said. “We know each other’s games well and what we’re capable of. Seth put up a great fight. Hats off to him for a great week.”
Keegan Bronnenberg, Muncie, finished third today with a 54-hole total of 11-under-par, 2015.
Thank you to Frontier Jackson for sponsoring this year’s Indiana Open Championship.
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