In an age when too many pro golfers rely on sports psychologists for attitude adjustments and others overthink every aspect of the game, Byron Smith provides an interesting contrast. “I try to be a dumb-jock golfer,” Smith said Sunday. “Simplify it, treat it like a game, play it like a game. “Show up and play. Aim and fire. Golf isn’t a mental game, it’s a swing game.”
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Champion rewind: Byron Smith cruised to a stress-free 5-under 66 Sunday to win the Rex Hospital Open
In a stunning twist this week on the Web.com Tour, a player in his 30s won. No word on whether Byron Smith needed a nap before his post-victory press conference. OK, so we jest a little. Indeed, Smith isn’t the oldest player to win this year or even the second-oldest. Alex Cejka (at the season opener in Colombia) and Kris Blanks (Chitimacha Louisiana) both have won this year as 40-somethings. But in a season where young guns like Carlos Ortiz (two wins, one away from an instant PGA TOUR card) and Max Homa (one year removed from an NCAA title) have won, among others in their 20s, there haven’t been many stories about late bloomers. [...]
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Byron Smith, from Palm Springs, Calif., won today’s Rex Hospital Open by four strokes, ending five-under 66 on the final day and 16-under par for the four-day tournament. Fans at TPC Wakefield’s 18th hole watched as he accepted the winner’s trophy. He also earned the $112,500 first place purse. “It’s probably the biggest moment of my golf career,” Smith said. “I’m going to enjoy this one for a while, hang out with my gal and the dog; then get back to work for the next one.” [...]
Byron Smith cruised to a stress-free 5-under 66 Sunday to win the Rex Hospital Open by four strokes for his first career title. Smith shared the 54-hole lead at TPC Wakefield Plantation and distanced himself from the pack, getting to his 16-under 268 total. He finished four better than Scott Gardiner (69) and Harold Varner III (70). Brad Fristch (66), Tony Finau (67) and Roberto Diaz (70) shared fourth place, five back of the winner. Duke grad Ryan Blaum (69) was solo seventh. [...]
Byron Smith won the Rex Hospital Open on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 5-under 66 for a four-stroke victory. The 33-year-old Smith finished at 16-under 268 at TPC Wakefield Plantation and earned $112,500 to jump from 66th to 10th on the money list with $139,061.
Harold Varner III extended the lead by one stroke and was joined by Byron Smith and Hunter Haas at 11-under par to top the leaderboard following the third round of play at the 2014 Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation on Saturday. Though all three were tied, it was Smith’s low-round of the week, an 8-under par run on Saturday, that vaulted him into the final pairing with 14-year PGA and Web.com Tour veteran Haas, who ended his third round of play with a 4-under par score of 67. [...]
Harold Varner III remains in a pleasantly unfamiliar situation going into the final round of the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation. The East Carolina and Gastonia Forestview High product shot a 70 on Saturday, good enough for a share of the three-way tie for the lead – at 202 after 54 holes – for the first time in his Web.com Tour career. [...]
RALEIGH — Harold Varner III was hardly fazed by taking the second-round lead Friday in the Rex Hospital Open. “I’m going fishing,” he said, breaking into a smile. Varner moved in front Friday with a 6-under-par 65 at TPC Wakefield Plantation, posting a 10-under 132 total in the Web.com Tour event. That stood up as others tried, unsuccessfully, to dislodge the former East Carolina golfer with a seemingly unflappable attitude. [...]
RALEIGH — Tony Finau received some basketball offers as a high-school senior in Salt Lake City. Not as many offers as his first cousin, Duke’s Jabari Parker, but Utah and Utah State were interested in the 6-4 center. Finau, 24, chose golf over basketball. He’s on the Web.com Tour, competing this week in the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation. [...]