LANE | Trey Shirley wins Kentucky Open with record-tying final round
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Trey Shirley said his target score was 14-under starting the day in the final round of the Kentucky Open. That would have required an eight-under 63 from Shirley.
The Bowling Green native went one better, matching the course record at Harmony Landing Country Club with a nine-under 62 and a 15-under total. That was good for a one-shot victory over third-round leader Trevor Johnson, a Junior-to-be at the University of Louisville.
The guy he tied for that course record? The current second-ranked player in the world, Justin Thomas, who grew up on the course.
There were a group of 11 players within a shot of the lead after Shirley claimed his first share of the lead after his seventh birdie of the day at 15. He closed with birdies at 17 and 18 to close out his record round. Johnson made a tough up and down for birdie at 17 to get back within a shot, then missed from about 15 feet to tie at 18.
Four players finished two shots back at 13-under: Lexington's Blanton Farmer, Louisville's Stephen Stallings, Tyler McDaniel of Manchester and Shelbyville's Daniel Iceman.
Shirley, who is playing this summer on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, said he was thrilled to finally get his name on the Kentucky Open trophy.
It's the 99th year of the event, won by a who's-who of the Commonwealth's golfing greats, including Gay Brewer, J.B. Holmes and Steve Flesch.
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