Patrick Greer, a teaching pro from Windber, fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to win the Tri-State PGA Seven Springs Open held Monday and Tuesday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.
Greer finished with a 36-hole total of 139, one stroke better than famed Oakmont Country Club head professional Bob Ford and Adam Corson of Dick’s Sporting Goods, who tied for second.
Greer opened with a 3-over 74 on Monday, but came alive Tuesday with a stellar round of 65 on the challenging Seven Springs course to claim the $2,600 top prize, sponsored by Namsco Platsic Industries.
After working as the head professional at Indian Lake Golf Club from 1998-2002, Greer played on the NGA Hooters Professional Golf Tour in 2004 and 2005. He currently teaches at Long View Golf Center in Salix.
Golf’s third major, the British Open Championship began, on Thursday. A few facts and figures for the tournament:
Site: Sandwich, England.
Course: Royal St. George’s Golf Club (7,211 yards, par 70).
Purse: $7.92 million. Winner's share: $1.43 million.
Field: 156 players (151 professionals, five amateurs)
Television: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 4 a.m.-6 p.m., 7-11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), ABC (Saturday-Sunday, 2-6 p.m.) and ESPN2 (Sunday, 7-10 p.m.).
Last year: Louis Oosthuizen won at St. Andrews, leading the final 48 holes and blowing away the field by seven strokes. The South African finished at 16-under 272. Lee Westwood was second.
Last week: Steve Stricker holed a 25-foot birdie putt from off the 18th green to win the John Deere Classic for the third straight year. The 44-year-old Stricker shot 66-64-63-69 to finish at 22 under and beat rookie Kyle Stanley by a stroke. Also the Memorial winner last month, Stricker has 11 PGA Tour victories — seven in the last three seasons. ... Top-ranked Luke Donald won the rain-shortened Scottish Open, closing with a 9-under 63 for a four-stroke victory at Castle Stuart.
Notes: Tiger Woods, the winner at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005 and Royal Liverpool in 2006, is sidelined by leg injuries. ... In the first two majors of the year, Charl Schwartzel won the Masters and Rory McIlroy took the U.S. Open. ... In 2003 at Royal St. George, Ben Curtis won in his first start in a major, beating Thomas Bjorn and Vijay Singh by a stroke. Bjorn got a spot in the field Monday when Singh withdrew. ... Greg Norman won in 1993 at the course, the first links in England to hold the British Open.
Greer shoots 65 to win Seven Springs Open