PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Steve Delmar of Rockville, Maryland, charged through 72 holes of the National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida, ultimately to place runner-up behind 2018 Champion, Kenny Pigman of Norco, California.
Delmar, began the final day two strokes behind Pigman, and birdied the 18th hole for a 68 and finished four strokes back at 11-under-par (68-68-73-68–277). Utilizing a furious rally to get to the top of the leaderboard, Delmar finished strong during the final day of competition. He made three birdies on the last three holes with seven birdies total throughout his final round.
“I made a long birdie at 13 and when Kenny hit it into the hazard at 14, I was thinking if I could birdie there, it would be a two-stroke swing,” said Delmar, who had missed the cut in two previous Championship trips. “I hit a good shot in there and couldn’t make birdie. Then at 15, he rolled in a 20-footer for birdie. I knew then it wasn’t going to happen. Getting solo second, I’ll take that.”
Through his first two rounds, Delmar had converted 12 birdies, three of which came directly after a bogey. During the second round of competition, he responded to his fourth bogey of the Championship (No. 11) with a pair of back-to-back birdies on 13-14 and 16-17. “A dramatic difference that can be attributed to his execution following missteps,” Pat Kravitz writer for the PGA of America said.
By placing in the top four Delmar has earned an exemption into next year’s National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship (November 14-17) at PGA Golf Club.