Sunday, March 24, 2013


By Joe Chemycz, Tour staff
BROUSSARD, Louisiana – Lefty Edward Loar kept the field at arm’s length during Sunday’s wind-swept final round of the Chitiamacha Louisiana Open and earned his second career title on the Tour.

Loar held a one-stroke lead after 54 holes at the Le Triomphe Country Club and needed only a 2-under par 69 to finish at 17-under 267 to beat Morgan Hoffmann (69) by two strokes and two-time champion Brett Wetterich (65) by three.

“They’re all hard to win especially having to battle the elements today,” said Loar, who collected a cheque for $99,000 and moved to No. 1 on the money list after four stops on the 2013 schedule.
“It’s a great start to the year. I think everyone’s goal is to be No. 1 out here.”
With the wind steady at 20 mph and gusting to 30 mph at times, Loar never let anyone get within arm’s length. Birdies at Nos. 5, 6 and 8 pushed him to 18-under par and four in front of his nearest challengers at the turn.
“I look at the leaderboards every now and then and I knew they were close,” said Loar, who hit 13 of 18 greens. “I just played great today. It was a great ball-striking round for me. I did have a couple of three-putts but putting is the hardest part in wind like this.”
Loar’s second three-putt came at No. 16 and cut his lead to two over fellow Oklahoma State alum Hoffmann, who was in search of his first career title. Loar, 35, bounced back on the par-3, 17th by knocking his 8-iron to 10 feet and canned the birdie putt to reestablish the lead at three.
“There were a few stressful holes out there,” admitted Loar, the father of triplets. “Most of it was as stress-free as it could be.”
A bogey at the closing hole reduced his winning margin but didn’t change the fact that Loar, runner-up at the Chile Classic two weeks, is playing some of the best golf of his life right now.
“I wish I could tell you what’s going on,” said Loar. “I’m just playing great right now. We all know it’s a crazy game. When I get out there now I feel like I know what I’m doing. You just have to ride it as long as you can.”
Hoffmann put the most pressure on Loar but knew he was going to need to make a final charge.
“I told my caddie on the back nine that I knew he wasn’t going to make a lot of mistakes coming in,” he said. “He knows his game right now. He’s a great player and a great guy. He knows how to handle it and I congratulate him.”

Fourth-Round Notes & Quotes:
-- Sunday weather: Morning clouds and afternoon. NW 10-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. High of 67.
-- Loar picks up a check for $99,000 and increases his season total to $164,684. He moves from No. 6 to No. 1 on the money list.
-- Loar becomes the first left-handed player in Tour history to assume the No. 1 spot on the money list at any point in any season. He was No. 2 on the money list when he won the second event on the 2013 schedule. Ted Potter Jr. was as high as No. 3 when he captured the 2011 Soboba Golf Classic title (his second win that year).
-- With his win today, Loar makes it nine total wins by left-handed players in Tour history. He also becomes the third lefty to win twice on Tour.





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