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Dominant Nelson coasts to eGolf Tour Championship

Ryan Nelson, lifts his putter after sinking a putt on the 9th green during the third round of the eGolf Tour Championship Saturday at Palmetto Hall Plantation Golf Club.
Ryan Nelson, lifts his putter after sinking a putt on the 9th green during the third round of the eGolf Tour Championship Saturday at Palmetto Hall Plantation Golf Club. Theophil Syslo

Ryan Nelson went wire-to-wire. But that doesn't mean it came easily.

The Charleston resident took home the largest winner's check in eGolf Professional Tour history Saturday when he pocketed $50,000 after carding a 2-under 70 to finish the season-ending Tour Championship at 20-under 268 for a five-stroke victory at Hilton Head Island's Palmetto Hall Golf Club.

Nelson entered the final round with a six-shot lead over PGA Tour player Peter Malnati following three stellar rounds of 64, 67 and 67. And at the turn Saturday, Nelson was 1 under for the day with a six-stroke lead.

And that's where things fell apart.

Bogeys on 10, 11 and 12 coupled with a Malnati eagle on the par-5 10th made for a five-stroke swing in the span of 45 minutes, and Nelson's six-shot lead was down to two.

Nelson and Malnati matched birdies on the par-4 13th to remain two shots apart, but Nelson followed with birdies on 14 and 15 to jump to 1-under on the day and 19-under overall, four shots up. He then made par on Nos. 16 and 17 before coming to the par-4 18th with the win a mere formality.

Nelson made birdie on 18 for a closing 70, a 20-under-par score and his sixth career eGolf Tour title, his first since the 2013 Championship at River Landing - a span of 15 months and 19 tournament starts.

The prize money pushed his 2014 earnings to $112,851.

"It's amazing. I'd like to thank the eGolf Tour for providing an opportunity like this at this level," he said. "It's going to be a good Christmas."

Vaita Guillaume finished in second place at 15-under 273, thanks to a final-round 66 that marked the low round of the day.

Malnati wound up alone in third place.

Bluffton resident Chris Epperson shot a final-round 70 to finish tied for 45th with a four-round total of even-par 288, good for $1,875 in prize money.

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eGolf Tour Championship

Saturday; At Palmetto Hall Plantation Club, Cupp Course

Final round

1. Ryan Nelson 64-67-67-70--268 $50,000

2. Vaita Guillaume 69-69-69-66--273 $26,000

3. eter Malnati 68-68-68-71--275 $18,000

4. Jordan Russell 71-68-68-70--277 $13,625

5. Justin Martinson 69-67-72-70--278 $11,000

T6. Ted Brown 70-70-69-70--279 $8,500

T6. Andrew Yun 65-73-68-73--279 $8,500

8. Harold Varner III 68-68-73-71--280 $7,500

T9 . Blake Sattler 71-71-69-70--281 $6,250

T9. T.J. Howe 75-68-67-71--281 $6,250

T9. Matt Hansen 67-73-69-72--281 $6,250

T9. Alex Ching 68-65-75-73--281 $6,250

T13. Mackenzie Hughes 74-67-72-69--282 $4,625

T13. Nick Mason 68-72-71-71--282 $4,625

T13. Brett Lange 73-70-71-68--282 $4,625

T13. Thomas Bradshaw 69-74-67-72--282 $4,625

T17. Ryan Dillon 75-68-69-71--283 $3,750

T17. Jesse Hutchins 70-71-73-69--283 $3,750

T17. Austin Quick 71-72-68-72--283 $3,750

T17. Seth Reeves 71-68-72-72--283 $3,750

T17. Kenneth McCready 67-72-72-72--283 $3,750

T17. Justin Peters 71-71-68-73--283 $3,750

T23. Joshua Brock 71-72-69-72--284 $3,300

T23. Drew Weaver 69-71-71-73--284 $3,300

T23. Tyler Rody 67-75-74-68--284 $3,300

T26. Matthew Ryan 72-70-71-72--285 $2,755.56

T26. Christopher Trunzer 69-72-71-73--285 $2,755.56

T26. Seamus Power 73-70-68-74--285 $2,755.56

T26. Brady Schnell 70-72-69-74--285 $2,755.56

T26. Jesse Mueller 68-70-72-75--285 $2,755.56

T26. Talor Gooch 70-68-72-75--285 $2,755.56

T26. David Skinns 70-70-76-69--285 $2,755.56

T26. Richard Fountain 67-71-71-76--285 $2,755.56

T26. Bruce Woodall 72-69-69-75--285 $2,755.56

T35. Luke Hopkins 71-69-72-74--286 $2,400

T35. Josh Gallman 68-73-74-71--286 $2,400

T35. Derek Tolan 68-70-72-76--286 $2,400

T38. Noah Ratner 69-70-74-74--287 $2,150

T38. Reed Darsie 69-70-74-74--287 $2,150

T38. Frank Adams III 70-71-73-73--287 $2,150

T38. Jay McLuen 71-72-71-73--287 $2,150

T38. Michael Weaver 71-69-75-72--287 $2,150

T38. Cameron Rappleye 72-69-75-71--287 $2,150

T38. Dustin Bray 73-70-74-70--287 $2,150

T45. Peter C. Campbell 69-69-75-75--288 $1,875

T45. Nate Lashley 67-74-73-74--288 $1,875

T45. Matthew Harmon 69-74-72-73--288 $1,875

T45. Chris Epperson 69-73-76-70--288 $1,875

T49. Ian Davis 67-74-72-76--289 $1,700

T49. Steven Fox 67-75-72-75--289 $1,700

T49. Dykes Harbin 71-71-75-72--289 $1,700

T52. Christian Brand 66-73-73-78--290 $1,525

T52. James Vargas 68-72-74-76--290 $1,525

T52. Jimmy Brandt 71-71-74-74--290 $1,525

T52. Tom Murtagh 74-69-73-74--290 $1,525

T56. Lee Heaton 73-70-71-77--291 $1,375

T56. Chase Parker 66-74-80-71--291 $1,375

58. Isaac Sanchez 68-70-78-76--292 $1,300

T59. Corey Nagy 69-71-73-80--293 $1,133.12

T59. Michael Letzig 67-72-73-81--293 $1,133.12

T59. Taylor Floyd 70-71-71-81--293 $1,133.12

T59. Spencer Lawson 71-69-75-78--293 $1,133.12

T59. Australia Justin Smith 75-68-74-76--293 $1,133.12

T59. Timothy Madigan 69-72-77-75--293 $1,133.12

T59. Matt Atkins 73-70-75-75--293 $1,133.12

T59. Kevin McLister 75-68-77-73--293 $1,133.12

67. Beau Cutts 70-72-76-78--296 $1,060

68. Tadd Fujikawa 70-71-77-81--299 $1,050

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