FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU graduate Derek Lamely won the Nationwide Childrens Hospital Invitational on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, beating Oklahoma State star Rickie Fowler with a par on the second hole of a playoff.
Lamely, making his 10th Nationwide start, closed with a 6-under 65 in windy conditions on Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course to match Fowler at 11-under 273.
The 29-year-old Lamely earned $139,500 to jump from 135th to 12th on the money list with $154,826. The top 25 at the end of the season will earn 2010 PGA Tour cards.v Lamely and Fowler parred the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th..
On the 164-yard 13th on the second extra hole, Fowler’s tee shot found a front bunker, while Lamely missed long and left in the heavy rough. Lamely’s downhill wedge from a difficult lie stopped 3 feet from the cup..
Fowler blasted his second shot 12 feet past the hole and his par attempt slid over the right corner of the cup. Lamely then tapped in for the win.