Ryan Palmer started last week looking to break into the Top 125 on the Money List. He finished a two-time PGA Tour champion.
With a birdie on the 72nd hole, Palmer secured a one-shot win at the Ginn sur Mer Classic in Palm Coast, Florida, for his second career PGA Tour title. He was at or near the top of the leaderboard the entire tournament. In fact, he was the lone 36-hole leader, and was tied for second after Saturday’s third round. His winning score was 7-under par.
This one didn’t come easy.
“Having to come and wait, it wasn’t what I wanted to do but it’s kind of the way it goes with the weather," said Palmer, regarding the weather delays on Sunday. "I just didn’t let it get me down. I just kept grinding and grinding."
He credits staying focused on himself, and on the things he could control, for keeping himself calm and balanced through the tournament. “I focused so much last week and this week on my rhythm, the pace that I was walking, taking my club out of the bag, how slow, how fast I was doing it. I just focused on that and it kept me calm and loose and determined to hit the shots perfectly."
He and the rest of the field at the Ginn not only faced the longest course of the 2008 PGA Tour season at 7,663 yards, but also had to deal with high winds all week and rain delays late on Sunday. Just how hard was it to score on this course? Seven-under led the tournament after Round 1, and it was the winning score Sunday night.
Runner-up Vaughn Taylor was the only player in the field to post at least two rounds in the 60’s going into Sunday’s final round, and the field averaged about a full stroke over par for the week at 72.96.
Interestingly enough, both of Ryan’s victories have come in Florida just days before the presidential election. Palmer notched this win less than 48 hours before Election Day, and his 2004 win at the FUNAI Classic at Disney World came just ten days before that election. We think he'll be in the winners' circle again before 2012!
Click on the link below to watch Ryan's winning interview.