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#8220;I don#8217;t care how many of these you play in, you get in position to win and the nerves are still there,#8221; Linn said.
The win is Linn#8217;s second individual title. He was consistent throughout, shooting 2-over 73 in the morning and afternoon. Briggs was 1-under after the first session, before ending the day with a 4-over 75 for a 147 total. Matt Keenan, Matt Scarafoni and Andy Congdon, the other three members of Linn#8217;s foursome, finished with a 148 and tied at 149, respectively.
#8220;Anytime you finish ahead of a legend [Congdon] it#8217;s a meaningful win,#8221; Linn said.
He escaped the trees on the right side of hole No.1 with an 8-iron in the morning, he missed the birdie forcing him to settle for par. The second time he played hole No. 1 he again had to navigate the trees. This time, he chipped a low shot, the ball landed on the front of the green, rolled and bounced off the pin for a near circus shot.
Congdon#8217;s bid for a 12th tournament title got off to a promising start. He finished the morning round tied for the lead with a 1-over 72. The strong beginning did not carry over to the afternoon round. Congdon said he could not find his rhythm, finishing with a 6-over 77.